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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Tudor Dixon facing off in second gubernatorial debate: recap

Written by on October 25, 2022

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP challenger Tudor Dixon squared off over abortion, public colleges, COVID-19 mandates, gun regulation and Michigan’s famously rutted roads Tuesday within the second – and remaining – debate earlier than the Nov. eight election. 

With polls between the 2 suggesting a nip-and-tuck contest, each candidates aggressively went after one another in a last-minute effort to woo any Michiganders who’ve but to make up their thoughts in one of the nation’s most watched gubernatorial contests. 

Whitmer, searching for a second time period, criticized Dixon as a divisive power who cannot be trusted, warning the state would regress if her opponent gained. 

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, left, and Republican candidate Tudor Dixon shake hands before their debate at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. (Robin Buckson/Detroit News via AP, Pool)

“Are we going to go backwards or are we going to drive collectively towards the long run,” Whitmer stated. “I say, let’s step on the accelerator.” Whitmer  accused her opponent of dividing Michiganders. 

“She stokes violence, spreads conspiracy theories, even assaults working girls and lecturers,” she stated of Dixon in her closing assertion.    

Dixon, in her closing assertion, criticized her opponent of “carelessness” and “hypocrisy.” 

“You’ve all felt the ache of her failure and also you deserve higher,” Dixon instructed viewers in her closing statements.

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Dixon additionally known as the governor an advocate for a “radical, progressive social agenda” who’s accountable for the backsliding of Michigan public colleges. 

Because it has in lots of different battleground states, abortion took middle stage.

Whitmer vowed to support Proposal 3 on the poll this fall that will enshrine the best to abortion entry, whereas Dixon accused the Democrat of getting a “radical opinion of abortion” with no restrictions on the process.

The race is a stark distinction between Dixon, a MAGA Republican endorsed by former president Donald Trump, and Whitmer who, like different Democrats operating this fall, should climate rocky terrain from excessive inflation and President Joe Biden’s low approval scores.

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Thanks principally to backlash over her enforcement of strict COVID-19 guidelines, Whitmer was a top target for Republicans in the beginning of this 12 months.

However after a number of Republican gubernatorial contenders had been kicked off the primary ballot for his or her participation in a voter roll fraud scandal, and one other well-polling candidate was arrested for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, the state GOP settled on Dixon who’s seen as an underdog due to her ties to Trump.

Whitmer at the moment leads Dixon by practically eight share factors, a mean of current polls by analysis site FiveThirtyEight shows

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Dixon slams Whitmer’s governorship in closing remarks

“You’ve all felt the ache of her failure and also you deserve higher,” Dixon instructed viewers in her closing statements. 

Dixon used a lot of the time in her remaining remarks to criticize her opponent, who she stated is responsible of “carelessness” and “hypocrisy.” 

“We’d take a look at her governorship as a disappointment,” Dixon stated, earlier than including that voters have “one other alternative” by electing her as governor. 

In addressing crime and job loss, Dixon promised to place a reimbursement in Michigan folks’s pockets, together with constructing safer communities and extra dependable roads. 

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer’s closing assertion: Dixon ‘stokes violence, spreads conspiracy theories’  

In her closing assertion, Whitmer stated she will be able to’t assist however consider her personal youngsters when she thinks concerning the future of Michigan.

In a second time period, Whitmer stated she’s going to keep centered on serving to Michiganders discover good-paying jobs with safe retirement, attend nice colleges, really feel protected of their group free from discrimination, and permit residents to make their very own choices about their our bodies.  

She claimed her opponent is extra centered on dividing Michiganders.

“She stokes violence, spreads conspiracy theories, even assaults working girls and lecturers,” she stated of Dixon.  

– Rachel Looker

Dixon: Whitmer ‘had no plan’ to enhance roads  

Dixon stated if she is elected as governor, she’s going to ensure that there’s a plan to enhance roads.  

She stated when Whitmer beforehand ran for governor, her solely plan concerned elevating the fuel tax. She stated when Whitmer acquired street funding by the legislature, she vetoed it.

“This was a tantrum as a result of she didn’t get her street funding,” Dixon stated.

– Rachel Looker 

Dixon questions when the roads might be mounted

Dixon requested Whitmer when will it’s a precedence to complete the roads earlier than noting that she’s had 5 flat tires this 12 months on “these roads.”

She known as the roads a “whole catastrophe” and stated that they are costing Michigander’s $5,000 a 12 months in street restore earlier than calling Whitmer’s different guarantees “failures.”

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Whitmer doesn’t assist COVID vaccine requirement for youths

Whitmer stated she doesn’t assist requiring the COVID vaccine for youngsters.  

She recalled how she made fast choices as governor to save lots of lives, whereas her opponent was sowing conspiracy theories about masks and vaccines, she stated.

“It’s that type of foolishness that really endangers folks,” she stated, claiming if Dixon was governor throughout the pandemic, hundreds of extra folks would have died.    

– Rachel Looker 

Whitmer on libraries, mum or dad involvement in colleges

Whitmer acknowledged dad and mom’ rights to know what colleges are instructing and that they need to be part of the dialogue, which is going on on the native degree.

The governor additionally stated that kids ought to really feel accepted and protected once they’re in school, saying she would not imagine it needs to be one or the opposite.

She known as politicians attempting to show communities in opposition to each other “harmful” and “selffish.”

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Whitmer on infrastructure

Whitmer highlighted the enhancements to Michigan’s roads and infrastructure beneath her administration, noting that they’re working in opposition to years of disinvestments.

Whitmer additionally emphasised the affect of fixing infrastructure on the state’s financial system, public security and common funding in Michigan’s future.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Dixon takes on first training query

Dixon stated that Michigan is among the many backside 10 states concerning the general public college system.

She famous that the state acquired its check scores for 4th and eighth graders, saying the state is doing “horribly” in studying and math for these grades.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Dixon says Whitmer ‘crushed’ Michigan’s financial system

“She crushed our financial system,” Dixon stated, accusing her opponent of inflicting 3,000 eating places to “die” and by no means come again amid the pandemic.

Dixon additionally charged Whitmer with inflicting unneeded deaths of senior residents within the state throughout COVID-19. 

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer emphasizes her spending on regulation enforcement  

Whitmer emphasised the significance of addressing crime, acknowledging how police put their lives on the road day-after-day. 

She stated the state has earmarked greater than $1 billion to regulation enforcement to recruit, practice and supply wrap-a-round companies to regulation enforcement officers.

– Rachel Looker 

Dixon responds to query on retirement taxes

In her response to a query about retirement taxes, Dixon famous that rising the exemption for retirement taxes went to Whitmer’s desk and was vetoed by the governor.

Dixon, once more, recalled Whitmer saying that eliminating the retirement tax was her prime precedence throughout a 2018 debate.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Dixon responds on Narcan

Dixon stated Narcan is “clearly crucial.” 

She added that the state authorities must additionally deal with getting drug sellers off the road to scale back the variety of deaths. 

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer on increasing well being care entry

Requested concerning the opioid disaster, Whitmer talked about increasing well being care entry, mentioning her mom who died of mind most cancers. 

Whitmer stated 1,000,000 extra folks have entry due to her work as governor up to now. 

She stated placing extra sources into habit therapy is “so extremely necessary,” including that the state has made progress however nonetheless has work to do. 

– Savannah Kuchar

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Whitmer: Constructive trait about Dixon is she is a working mother  

When requested to say one thing optimistic about her opponent, Whitmer stated she is aware of how exhausting it’s to lift youngsters and run for workplace and applauds any lady, like Dixon, who places herself on the market and may stability the pressures of working mothers.  

“I feel mothers’ voices are necessary,” she stated.  

– Rachel Looker 

Whitmer on no-fault auto insurance coverage

When requested what she’s going to do to assist survivors in circumstances of no-fault auto insurance coverage, Whitmer stated she is working to deal with Michigan’s traditionally highest insurance coverage charges within the nation. 

“Now folks could make that alternative,” Whitmer stated about new laws letting Michigan residents select their degree of insurance coverage. She stated they’ve already seen charges come down. 

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer: Dixon ‘ailing ready’ to be governor  

Whitmer slammed Dixon as “ailing ready” to be governor.  

In her rebuttal, she stated the governor doesn’t determine for the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Affiliation what the checks are going to be.  

– Rachel Looker

Whitmer: ‘Historic course of’ on financial improvement 

“We’re making historic course of relating to financial improvement,” Whitmer stated, citing applications to construct long-range batteries. She claims Dixon labored in opposition to financial improvement incentives.  

“If she was governor, none of these tasks can be taking place,” Whitmer stated. 

– Rachel Looker 

Whitmer and the Chamber of Commerce

Whitmer stated she is grateful for the state’s chamber of commerce endorsement. She stated it’s due to their work to create an workplace of rural improvement, dedicated to rising broadband.

Whitmer stated 23,000 houses have already been added on-line.

“What we are able to’t afford is somebody who’s going to take political potshots as a substitute of rolling up their sleeves,” Whitmer stated. 

–Savannah Kuchar

Dixon on fuel tax

Dixon stated that the dearth of elevated fuel tax in Michigan is because of her operating mate, not Whitmer.

Dixon recalled Whitmer saying she would not elevate the fuel tax in 2018 to pay for roads, the GOP candidate accused the present governor of doing simply that when she bought into workplace.

-Sarah Elbeshbishi

Whitmer on rebuilding the state

In her rebuttal, Whitmer selected to not immediately handle Dixon’s feedback, as a substitute discussing how she plans to rebuild the state. 

Whitmer talked about particular tasks she says are up subsequent, saying the state is making progress already. 

“It doesn’t finish,” Whitmer stated. “However we’re making headway and we’ve bought to place our foot on the fuel.” 

– Savannah Kuchar

Dixon on ‘inappropriate content material’ in libraries

Dixon stated the largest concern she hears from dad and mom is “inappropriate content material” in libraries, particularly sexual or pornographic content material. 

“What these dad and mom are speaking about usually are not textbooks that may assist kids find out about themselves,” however quite Dixon stated books that describe “the way to have intercourse.” 

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer: ‘I’m attempting to maintain our youngsters protected’  

Whitmer stated the insurance policies Dixon has proposed for conserving youngsters protected in colleges — comparable to one place of entry and armed guards — nonetheless leaves college students at risk, referencing a current capturing this week.  

“We’ve been attempting that for 30 years and it’s not working,” she stated.  

She stated it’s time to strive confirmed insurance policies like background checks, safe storage and purple flag legal guidelines.

“I’m not speaking about looking, I’m attempting to maintain our youngsters protected,” Whitmer stated.  

– Rachel Looker 

Whitmer on inflation

Whitmer stated the world is experiencing inflation, not simply the nation and a governor cannot repair international inflation. Nonetheless, Whitmer stated, she will be able to put “more cash” in voters’ pockets.

The present governor famous that by a bipartisan effort, the state was capable of assist households get free or low-cost childcare whereas additionally serving to different Michiganders obtain tuition free abilities.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Dixon calls Whitmer manipulative

“How manipulative,” Dixon stated in rebuttal to Whitmer’s criticism about her social media put up, which Dixon stated was up 29 days earlier than the varsity capturing occurred. 

Dixon stated she has school-aged daughters “that I’m involved about each single day.” 

In her response, Dixon stated she desires armed safety and one entry level at colleges, together with methods to determine college students combating psychological well being. 

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer says she helps gun management measures

When requested about “hardening on colleges,” Whitmer stated, as a mother, she is livid that weapons are the primary killer of kids. She helps safe storage, purple flag legal guidelines and background checks.  

She claims Dixon’s plans for gun management are “downright harmful.”  

“She (Dixon) would possibly suppose it is a joke, however I feel there’s nothing humorous about it,” Whitmer stated. 

– Rachel Looker

Dixon rebuts Whitmer’s declare about college closings

In her rebuttal, Dixon criticized Whitmer for saying that colleges in Michigan had been closed for 3 months.  

“Maybe she wasn’t paying consideration,” Dixon stated about her opponent, including that: “check scores present she’s being dishonest.” 

– Savannah Kuchar

Dixon feedback on Whitmer’s ‘demeanor’

Requested a few 1931 Michigan regulation that criminalizes abortion, Dixon as a substitute pivoted to her opponent’s demeanor as a substitute. Dixon famous that Whitmer known as her an election denier – which she didn’t deny however turned it in opposition to Whitmer.

Dixon requested Whitmer whether or not she’ll say she will be able to’t run with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist anymore since “he’s additionally an election denier,” Dixon stated.

Dixon is referring to when Gilchrist requested for a recount in 2017.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Whitmer on retirement tax: ‘It’s fallacious’ 

When requested about repealing the retirement tax, Whitmer stated the Republican legislature is stopping her from shifting ahead with a repeal. She stated retirees deserve reduction and will have the ability to reap the rewards of labor carried out over a lifetime and never should face extra taxes when on mounted earnings.

“It was fallacious then and it’s nonetheless fallacious,” she stated.  

– Rachel Looker

Extra:Whitmer to call for repeal of Michigan pension tax in State of the State address

Dixon on repealing earnings tax over time

“This isn’t a radical idea,” stated Dixon, citing the 9 states that don’t have an earnings tax. 

“They’re thriving economically,” she stated, including that her plan would assist stability the funds and produce extra folks to the state. 

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer on repealing the retirement tax

“I’m attempting to repeal the retirement tax,” Whitmer stated, criticizing the Republican-controlled legislature of blocking her efforts.

She stated she is hopeful with a brand new legislature that she’s going to have the ability to accomplish this purpose. 

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer requires extra various vitality

On the subject of rising vitality prices, Whitmer stated vitality options are much more necessary now, calling for extra wind and photo voltaic choices. 

“Michigan has the primary – primary – state for clear vitality jobs within the nation,” Whitmer stated. 

— Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer: Republican financial payments are a ‘gimmick’

Responding to Dixon, Whitmer known as the payments coping with the financial system by Republicans “a gimmick.” 

“I don’t have time for video games and I don’t suppose you do both,” Whitmer stated to Michigan voters.

– Savannah Kuchar

Dixon ‘will settle for’ if abortion is codified

If Proposal Three passes or any courtroom battles lead to codifying abortion, Dixon stated she’s going to settle for that as the need of the folks.  

“There aren’t any legal guidelines that I say ‘I feel I’m extra highly effective than that’,” she stated.  

– Rachel Looker 

Dixon: ‘The folks will determine’ on Proposal 3

In her rebuttal on Proposal 3 (abortion referendum), Dixon stated that Michiganders will determine what they need when it comes to abortion rights, referring to the vote left as much as Michigan voters on whether or not to undertake Proposal Three to their state’s structure.

Dixon went on to say that Whitmer has probably the most “radical opinion of abortion” and accused Whitmer on having no restrictions on abortions.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Whitmer: Dixon is election denier who would undermine ‘will of the folks’

When requested if she would settle for “the need of the folks,” Whitmer stated: “I feel that could be a query that ought to be posed to Mrs. Dixon,” calling her opponent an election denier. 

“This isn’t about me,” Whitmer stated, returning to the subject of abortion and saying the dialogue ought to be concerning the girls in Michigan. 

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer requested about abortion in first query

The present governor took on Proposal 3 (abortion referendum) in her first response of the night time when requested how she would legislate if elements of the laws nonetheless has to work by the courts.

Whitmer acknowledged that the proposal will assure the rights voters had for 40 years beneath Roe v. Wade, noting that it is not at the moment in impact due to Whitmer’s lawsuit.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

‘Can not belief her,’ Whitmer says

“You may’t belief something she says relating to reproductive rights,” Whitmer stated in her rebuttal, calling Dixon excessive. 

She completed her response by advocating for Michigan voters to vote sure on proposal 3, which would enshrine the right to an abortion. 

– Savannah Kuchar

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Dixon put household first in opening assertion

A mom of 4, Dixon centered on what she known as her family-friendly plan in her opening remarks. 

“As a mother I perceive what it’s wish to have youngsters locked out of college,” Dixon stated.  

She criticized her opponent for pushing what she known as a “radical” agenda as governor and inflicting issues like job loss and decrease check scores.  

Dixon known as herself “one other alternative” for Michigan.  

– Savannah Kuchar

Whitmer touts document as governor 

In her opening assertion, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stated she is a proud Michigander and that she “loves the state.”  

She talked about how she was raised in a bipartisan family and referred to her document as governor specializing in protected jobs and colleges, protected roads and communities, emphasizing how she’s labored throughout the aisle to ensure Michiganders can thrive. 

“I’m preventing like hell to ensure girls could make their very own choices about their our bodies,” she stated.  

Whitmer claimed her opponent, Dixon, may have divisive rhetoric and unfold misinformation all through the talk. 

The massive query she stated, is that if the state goes to go backwards or will “drive collectively towards the long run.” 

“I say, let’s step on the accelerator,” she stated.  

– Rachel Looker 

Find out how to watch? 

The talk might be livestreamed right here starting at 7 p.m. ET on the Detroit Free Press website and aired on native Michigan information stations. 

The talk is being held held at Oakland College in Rochester, Michigan. It is hosted by three native information networks and the college’s Heart for Civic Engagement, will start at 7 p.m. and is ready to final an hour. 

– Ella Lee, Rachel Looker

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Who’s Gretchen Whitmer? 

Michigan born and bred, Whitmer was elected because the state’s Democratic governor in 2018, after stints as a state consultant and senator, professor on the College of Michigan and prosecutor.

Although Whitmer ran her 2018 marketing campaign primarily on infrastructure, her 2022 reelection marketing campaign has centered largely on her efforts to protect abortion rights within the state after the Supreme Court docket repealed federal protections, plus her document as governor. 

Whitmer’s nationwide profile was raised after federal authorities uncovered a plot by militia members to kidnap the Michigan governor forward of the 2020 election.

-Ella Lee; Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

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Who’s Tudor Dixon?

Dixon, 45, is the Republican nominee for Michigan governor. The race is “private” for her due to COVID-19 college closures and her grandmother’s dying throughout the pandemic. which Dixon has attributed that to the “failure to thrive” as a result of Dixon//she// and different relations had been prohibited from visiting her beneath state pandemic insurance policies, regardless that they had been vaccinated.

Dixon has peddled former President Donald Trump’s false claims of 2020 election fraud and acquired his endorsement in July.

Former President Donald Trump, left, listens to Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, during a rally at the Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center in Warren, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.

Raised in Illinois and school educated in Kentucky earlier than shifting to Michigan in 2002, Dixon was beforehand employed within the metal business and in media.

– Ella Lee; Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

What do the polls present?

Ballot numbers present Whitmer main Dixon, with the evaluation web site FiveThirtyEight putting Michigan’s present governor nearly 8 percentage points ahead of her challenger.

Nonetheless, it seems Whitmer’s sturdy lead has shrunk as Election Day nears. The Michigan Democrat held an averaged lead of 19 factors by mid-August. 

– Ella Lee

The place the candidates stand on points? 

The candidates agree on little or no, which was on show for voters throughout their first debate, as Whitmer has highlighted her efforts to protect abortion rights in Michigan whereas Dixon has centered on attacking Whitmer over her actions as governor, together with her dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whitmer’s determination to maneuver COVID-positive sufferers into nursing houses – whereas barring household from visiting – and conserving colleges closed throughout the pandemic had been known as errors by Dixon. The Republican has attacked Whitmer over poor pupil performances saying colleges had been closed for too lengthy, leaving college students struggling to catch up.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces new economic development projects at an event on October 5, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The projects were the result of a bipartisan bill the Governor signed this week.

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The GOP candidate has additionally attacked colleges themselves, making accusations that Michigan college curricula contains porn and lecturers are serving to college students with gender transitions with out the data of their dad and mom.

The present Michigan governor has touted her document, citing the document funding invested in Ok-12 and main investments in roads, bridges and different infrastructure tasks alongside efforts to guard abortion rights within the state. The Trump-backed Dixon helps an abortion ban with no exceptions except the mom’s life is in danger.

— Sarah Elbeshbishi; Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press 

What occurred within the final debate? 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican challenger Tudor Dixon had a spirited debate that didn’t devolve into throwing private assaults throughout the last gubernatorial debate held on Oct. 14. 

On abortion, Dixon stated over the past debate that she would not wish to criminalize it and referenced a poll referendum that locations the choice within the palms of Michigan voters who will have the ability to determine whether or not to explicitly enshrine a lady’s reproductive rights within the state structure.

Nonetheless, the proposed modification anticipates accompanying laws a sitting governor can be requested to signal.

Whitmer, over the past debate, attacked Dixon’s document of vetoing Republican payments that will pause taxes on Michigan fuels. Dixon struggled to clarify why her proposal made sense over the Republican’s state fuel tax proposal, one she vetoed. 

— Rachel Looker; Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press 

Candidates take the stage 

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican challenger Tudor Dixon have taken to their podiums throughout the second Michigan gubernatorial debate. Each candidates are dealing with off after a debate held on Oct. 14 the place every candidate depicted the different as ill-equipped to steer the state. 

The talk is predicted to final for one hour. 

— Rachel Looker