Source: The Detroit Free Press
On October 14, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "the heated contest for Michigan's Arab and Muslim vote came to Southfield on Wednesday evening, as more than 100 supporters of President George W. Bush gathered to rally for his re-election. The crowd, a diverse mix of Arab Americans, Chaldeans, and Muslims of African and Asian descent, clapped loudly as Republican speakers explained why voters of Middle Eastern backgrounds should support Bush... Last week, the Arab American Political Action Committee overwhelmingly endorsed the Democratic nominee, U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Several members said that Republicans have ignored the community since Bush took office. And recent polls show that Bush is behind Kerry among Arab-American voters. So at Wednesday's event, the speakers pushed hard to convince Arab Americans that Bush wants their vote."