<span style='font-size: 16pt'>Traffic jams in Sterling Heights as crowds flock to see McCain, Palin</span>
"Holding a sign that said “Hillary Democrat for McCain Palin,” one woman was visibly excited by the encounter, clutching her chest and bouncing up and down after a hug from McCain and Palin.
The other attended a house party in Detroit for McCain last week and described herself as a left wing independent, who supported Dennis Kucinich for president during the primary season.
But she said at the time that she liked McCain’s opposition to torture during interrogations on prisoners.
Before leaving for the rally at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, the Republicans stopped off at the Renaissance Center in Detroit to pick up the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, an organization of more than 325,000 law enforcement officers around the nation. The group is holding a national meeting in Detroit this week.
"This has been a long and hard campaign," said FOP president Chuck Canterbury. "And it will only get harder but we pledge that we will be there for you and the governor."
While the group wouldn’t reveal the vote total for the endorsement, Ken Starrs, a national trustee for the FOP from Texas, said it was more than a two-thirds majority.
"Each state gets a vote and in Texas, we decided that experience is what we wanted,” Starrs said.
McCain and Palin greeted the law enforcement officers, stopping to take pictures and chat with members of the group.
"Governor, you're a breath of fresh air," said Cherie Hunter of Oxford. "I have a child with disabilities, and I think you're going to do a wonderful job,""