Gov.: ‘Haven’t been able to make debate work’


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Rick Snyder says he has accepted one invitation to debate his Democratic challenger, but that the sides haven’t been able to work out the details to make it happen.

At weekend conventions, the Michigan Republican Party and Michigan Democratic Party ratified their candidates for the November general election.

So will any of those candidates engage in live debates? Debates allow voters to see candidates go head-to-head and define their positions on issues that matter — education, jobs, health care and more.

24 Hour News 8 offered months ago on to host debates for both the U.S. Senate race and the race for governor. In both cases, Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer — the Democratic candidates — accepted the invitation. Neither Snyder nor Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land — the Republicans — had responded as of Monday.

With the dates for those events growing nearer — tentatively about two weeks from now — 24 Hour News 8 took the question directly to Snyder this weekend.

“I’ve accepted one debate invitation. We haven’t been able to make that work,” Snyder said. “There’s a long history in this state of the Econ Club — The Detroit Economic Club — being a tradition. We accepted that one. We haven’t seen progress on even that front.”

A campaign spokesperson for Snyder says the two sides haven’t agreed on a date for that appearance.

The Schauer campaign announced a new debate negotiator Monday — though there is no indication that will change anything.

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