LANSING, Mich. — Two of the gubernatorial candidates will square off Friday night in Grand Rapids in the first of two scheduled televised debates.
Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer have sparred about healthcare, taxes and infrastructure throughout much of the campaign season; all of which will undoubtedly come up during Friday’s debate.
Ahead of the event, Whitmer’s Campaign Press Secretary Nicole Simmons said they are “fired up.”
“Michiganders deserve the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates on their policies and important economic issues impacting this state,” Simmons said. “What I think voters will see is a clear difference in values and the direction in which both candidates want to take this state. Senator Whitmer has remained focused on the issues that matter to Michigan families like education, infrastructure and ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable healthcare. Meanwhile, Bill Schuette wants to rip away healthcare from children, seniors and families and was asleep at the wheel when the people of Flint were drinking poisoned water. Voters deserve answers.”
Schuette’s Campaign Spokesperson John Sellek released a statement as well, emphasizing Schuette’s focus on the economy.
“Michigan families cannot afford to go back to Senator Whitmer’s old policies of higher taxes that shrunk paychecks and caused a 15 percent unemployment rate,” Sellek said. “Bill Schuette will grow our paychecks and slash our outrageous auto insurance costs. We’ve come too far to turn back now.”
The reference is to the ‘Lost Decade,’ of which much of that time former Gov. Jennifer Granholm was in office. It’s a reoccurring theme throughout Schuette’s campaign; trying to make comparisons between Granholm and Whitmer. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate served in the legislature during part of Granholm’s administration.
The debate begins at 7 p.m. and Political Reporter Mikenzie Frost will be providing a recap following the event.