Carson, Chelsea Clinton campaign in West Michigan

Ben Carson, Chelsea Clinton
Left: Dr. Ben Carson at an event for Donald Trump campaign volunteers in Belmont, north of Grand Rapids. Right: Chelsea Clinton campaigns for her mother at the Kool Family Center in Battle Creek. (Oct. 29, 2016)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The race for the White House took center stage in West Michigan Saturday, with representatives from both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns in the region.

Dr. Ben Carson, a former presidential candidate and now a Trump supporter, was in Belmont north of Grand Rapids to talk to campaign volunteers.

24 Hour News 8 political reporter Rick Albin asked Carson about what effects he thinks the recently renewed focus on Hillary Clinton’s emails will have on the election.

Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson at an event for Donald Trump campaign volunteers in Belmont, north of Grand Rapids. (Oct. 29, 2016)

“I think it’s going to cause a lot of the die-hard Hillary supporters to think twice about their enthusiasm. And I don’t necessarily expect them to come over to the Trump side, but I think you will not have the same kind of impetus driving people to the polls that was there before,” he said. “And I’m very hopeful that a lot of people will start thinking not in terms of Democrats and Republicans, but in terms of what’s really happening in this country, and that’s the politically elite class and their minions in the media, and the people — that’s where the real battle is. This country is supposed to be centered around the people and the will of the people. We lost that a long time ago and we have to get it back.”

Meanwhile Saturday, Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, was in West Michigan to campaign for her mother. She visited Muskegon Heights, then spoke at the Kool Family Center in Battle Creek about Trump and the impact he’s having on society.

Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton campaigns for her mother at the Kool Family Center in Battle Creek. (Oct. 29, 2016)

“I do think our values are at stake,” Clinton said. “I never thought I would see the almost normalization of hate speech that seems to be Donald Trump and his campaign’s main strategy — the racism, the sexism, the Islamophobia, the anti-immigrant rhetoric, the rhetoric against people with disabilities, the disrespect to our veterans. None of that represents the country I want to live in. And it’s already having a negative effect on our children. When they say our children are listening, that’s not rhetorical.”

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will be in metro Detroit Sunday, speaking at the City of Taylor Fire Department as he urges supporters to go vote.

Monday, Trump himself will make a few campaign stops in Michigan, including in Grand Rapids.

A recent EPIC-MRA poll found Clinton had a 7-point lead over Trump in the state less than three weeks before the Nov. 8 general election.

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