Amash, Goodrich meet; talk about Nov. campaign

Republican Congressman Justin Amash sat down with Democrat Bob Goodrich Friday (Photo courtesy Goodrich Campaign; August 15, 2014).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With the August primary now behind us, Congressman Justin Amash did something Friday he rarely did during the primary; he met with his opponent.

On Friday, Rep. Amash sat down with Bob Goodrich, his Democratic opponent in the November general election.

The congressman tweeted a photo of him sitting down for coffee with Goodrich at the Kava House Friday morning.

Amash released the following statement Friday:

“Bob and I had a good discussion today. We both expressed our desire to have a campaign focused on the big issues facing our country. I’m optimistic that it’ll be the type of civil and substantive campaign that West Michigan deserves.”

The Goodrich campaign called the meeting very civil and in a statement released Friday, Goodrich stated,

“’Its just politics’ is not acceptable behavior; you never see a businessman personally attack another businessman, or lawyers in a courtroom personalize the debate, you never see a jeweler accuse another jeweler of being a criminal. My campaign will be about ideas, historical successes, and accessibility for all citizens of the 3rd Congressional District.”

Goodrich’s spokeswoman also said Amash has agreed to joint public forums, though the details have not been worked out yet. The Amash camp would not comment on the public forums.

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