State of Michigan Archives: on Principles & Values


Debbie Stabenow: End the ongoing debate over debates: No Senate debates

It appears Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra will campaign for Michigan's Senate seat without meeting for formal debates. The Stabenow campaign issued a statement saying it is "ending the ongoing debate over debates, due to Congressman Hoekstra's refusal to accept the traditional U.S. Senate debates and his constant political attacks."

Stabenow had accepted debate invitations at the Detroit Economic Club and Grand Valley State University, which have held U.S. Senate debates in recent Michigan election cycles. Hoekstra said he wanted debates with more exposure. Neither campaign had accepted the same debate offer, leaving the two campaigns without agreement as the Nov. 6 election approaches. Each campaign has blamed the other for the impasse.

Earlier this week, the Stabenow campaign had said Hoekstra was playing games with the debate issue and that his "antics certainly don't reflect that of someone who actually wants to hold debates."

Source: Michigan Live on 2012 Michigan Senate debates Oct 10, 2012

Peter Hoekstra: I will either debate her or an empty chair; it's her choice

It appears Stabenow and Hoekstra will campaign for Michigan's Senate seat without meeting for formal debates. Stabenow issued a statement saying she is "ending the ongoing debate over debates, due to Congressman Hoekstra's refusal to accept the traditional U.S. Senate debates and his constant political attacks."

Stabenow had accepted debate invitations at the Detroit Economic Club and Grand Valley State University, which have held U.S. Senate debates in recent Michigan election cycles. Hoekstra said he wanted debates with more exposure.

Hoekstra responded with a comment issued through his campaign: "Michigan families should be appalled that Debbie Stabenow is attempting to cancel all debates." Hoekstra said "she clearly now feels that she can't defend her record."

Hoekstra plans to attend what his campaign called a health care debate in Lansing--but he likely will be the only candidate in attendance. Hoekstra said: "I will either debate her or an empty chair. It is her choice

Source: Michigan Live on 2012 Michigan Senate debates Oct 10, 2012

Peter Hoekstra: Accused of anti-Chinese racism in Super Bowl TV ad

Clark Durant said, "The Super Bowl ad reflected everything wrong with Washington and it will make it impossible for him to beat Debbie Stabenow. It demeaned people. It so demeaned people, the actress came out and asked for forgiveness for participating in Pete's ad."

Actress Lisa Chan, who portrayed the young Asian woman in the ad, apologized via Facebook last week for her role. Hoekstra did not address Clark's accusations or his television ad, which has since been replaced. Pete Hoekstra's Super Bowl advertisement featured a bike-riding Chinese woman thanking incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (called Spend-it-now in the promo) in broken English for helping support deficit spending that is aiding the Chinese economy. The ad received national criticism from both sides of the aisle.

Source: Petoskey News on 2012 Michigan Senate debate Feb 20, 2012

Rick Snyder: Refuses to answer political organizations' questionnaires

Q: Why did you decide not to fill out any questionnaires for endorsements from political organizations?

A: It's because I've decided to run an unconventional campaign that doesn't adhere to the traditional political norms and the status quo. My decisio to not take any special interest contributions is why we have also decided not to fill out any questionnaires from organizations looking to make a political endorsement in this election--regardless of intent, membership or their agenda. While there are many good groups that have very good goals, we have decided that the fair approach is to apply this policy across the board to all organizations without any exceptions. I am not making a negative evaluation of any organization or their members and I'm happy to discuss the substantive issues and concerns citizens have as I travel across the state. While it may not be the most politically convenient thing to do, it's important to me that I make a principled stand and stick by it.

Source: Campaign website, rickformichigan.com, "FAQ" Nov 2, 2010

Ron Paul: Only support GOP nominee if they end war & reduce spending

Q: Do you promise to support the nominee of the Republican Party next year?

PAUL: Not right now I don’t, not unless they’re willing to end the war and bring our troops home, not unless they’re willing to look at excessive spending.

MCCAIN: You don’t want me then, pal.

PAUL: No, I’m not going to support them if they continue down the path which has taken our party down the tubes. I mean, we’ve lost credibility because of all our spending, because we have violated the civil liberties of all the American people, and we have adopted the Democrats’ foreign policy. Why don’t we run on George Bush’s foreign policy of a humble foreign policy and no nation building and don’t police the world? Then I’ll support them.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Tom Tancredo: Won’t vote GOP if nominee is lesser of two evils

Q: Would you pledge now to support the nominee of your party?

A: I am absolutely tired and sick and tired of being forced to go to the polls and say I’m going to make this choice between the lesser of two evils. I really don’t intend to do that again. I am hoping, of course, that whoever we nominate will be the principal flag carrier for the Republican Party, but if that is not the case, no, then I will not.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Debbie Stabenow: A clear choice against failed Bush policies

There’s a clear choice [in this election] - my opponent supports the failed policies of the Bush Administration. I support a clear choice and a new way. [My campaign is] about results I’ve gotten for you and your family and the critical fight ahead.
Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: 8-point plan: Renewing Michigan’s Economy

Renewing Michigan’s economy is about the future. It’s about letting each of our citizens utilize his or her God given talents free of unnecessary government interference in the form of burdensome taxes and regulations to reach his or her full potential. This, I believe, is government’s proper role in society.
    Eight-Point Plan To Get Results And Create Jobs
  1. Help Small Businesses Create More Jobs by Reducing Regulatory Burdens and Red Tape
  2. Fiscal Accountability to Curb Wasteful Spending and Improve the Economy
  3. More Money for Michigan’s Families, Less for Washington’s Big Spenders
  4. Restore Michigan’s Manufacturing Strength by Helping Reduce High Energy Costs
  5. Reform a Broken Legal System which Bankrupts Businesses
  6. Make Health Care More Affordable, Accessible, and Patient- Centered
  7. Keep America’s Manufacturers Competitive on the 21st Century Playing Field
  8. Retirement Security For Current and Future Generations
Source: Campaign booklet, “Renewing Michigan’s Economy” Sep 14, 2006

Bret McAtee: Running as US Taxpayers Party, also Constitution Party

My name is Bret Lee McAtee and I am today formally declaring my candidacy to represent Michigan in the Senate of these United States of America. I intend to run for that office on the U.S. Taxpayers Party ticket, which is the Michigan affiliate of the Constitution Party.

Some ask me why a minister would want to enter into this senatorial race. The answer is that I desire to bear testimony to future generations, render respect to past generations, and to provide challenge to our present generation.

Source: Declaration of Candidacy For Michigan US Senate Jan 1, 2006

Bret McAtee: Awaken benumbed people from their moral torpor

I believe there is a need to bear testimony to future generations by being one of many who seeks to ring the tocsin to awaken a slumbering and benumbed people from their religious, political and moral torpor.

I run for US Senate, in part, to communicate to my children and our children and generations yet unborn that there are never odds so long, nor challenges so large, nor wrongs so firmly established that excuse us from being faithful to the God of our Fathers.

Source: Declaration of Candidacy For Michigan US Senate Jan 1, 2006

Alan Keyes: Anything the government gives you destroys your liberty

People who call themselves Christians, who profess faith, who profess patriotism - we sat back and let it happen. We could make the difference, but we won’t take a stand. We could make a difference, but we won’t vote according to the moral conscience that God puts within us. Instead, we listen to people who say, “I’m gonna cut your taxes.” “I’m gonna give you more welfare.” “I’m gonna give you more jobs.” Anything the government gives you is just another link in the chains that destroy your liberty.
Source: Rally for the Ten Commandments, Hillsdale, Michigan Feb 7, 2004

John Engler: The “Next Michigan”: attitude for the future

My friends, it is not the Michigan way to look for someone else to follow or to wait for someone else to be bold. The Michigan way is to lead.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Michigan legislature Jan 31, 2001

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