Politics

Biden spoke to a group of shift workers and local dignitaries at the Detroit Department of Transportation on Thursday.

The discussion largely steered clear of education and manufacturing — topics that have been the focus of political conversation in Michigan in recent months.

Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi hugs Ann Arbor resident Diane Carlise at his official announcement of his candidacy for state representative to the 53rd Michigan House District at Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Project on Monday.

Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi announced his candidacy for state representative to the 53rd Michigan House District.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January 2014.

Vice President Joe Biden will speak in Detroit Thursday, the White House announced Friday evening.

Biden, who is rumored to be considering a run for the Democratic presidential nomination, will speak about the economy, according to a White House press release.

Yousef Rabhi speaks to University students in April 2015.

Rabhi graduated from the University in 2011.

Ann Arbor resident Dorothy Strotkamp and other demonstrators at the Vigil for Peace and Diplomacy with Iran hosted by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice at the Federal building on Thursday.

Ann Arbor residents held a vigil Thursday night to promote diplomacy and rally support for the Obama administration’s proposed Iran Deal.

President Barack Obama speaks alongside Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, at Macomb Community College in Warren Michigan on Wednesday.

Obama returned to Macomb Community College to champion increased access to affordable education and vocational training.

President Barack Obama embraces Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, at Macomb Community College in Warren Michigan on Wednesday.

WARREN, Mich. — As the 2016 presidential race picks up and President Barack Obama enters his final 16 months in office, the Obama administration kicked off a nationwide tour Wednesday focusing on a familiar message — the importance of bolstering the nation’s middle class.