But the field offers little promise in the rust belt, where 2012 will be won or lost.
His last stand begins in the rust belt, on a bus in Ohio, says pollster Thomas Riehle.
But the rust belt is also regaining some of its fiscal shine.
The rust belt city underwent its industrial boom during the Civil War when its steel mills helped produce weapons.
Times had changed and the outcome in Michigan was re-told throughout the rust belt.
In truth, the results of the Ames Straw Poll are decidedly unpromising for the rust belt on Election Day, a mere 15 months away.
Still, there is hope for the Republicans in the rust belt—if they can give the public a reason to vote for them.
First, it suggests that Davids Plouffe and Axelrod should work the rust belt.
: Wall Street, Chrysler, high-tech enterprises vs ''rust bowl'' asi industries
The beleaguered and declining industrial areas, esp of the Middle West: in the midwestern middle, the ''rust bowl''/ Breaking the Rust Belt loose (1984+)
[modeled on the 1930s term dust bowl and the 1970s term sun belt]