Click to read a whole lot more coverage and lots of comments about the debates between Republican challenger Dick DeVos and Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm.
The Freep reports that Michigan’s Gubernatorial candidates will debate three times in October. Also check out this Detroit News article that delves into details from the 10-page debate agreement like podium heights, what has to be in the dressing rooms and backdrop colors. 10 pages??
Monday, October 2 (8-9 PM)
Monday’s debate will be broadcast on WKAR-TV (MSU). The format will be “free-wheeling question and answer session”. It will be available live to all Michigan public television stations, on WJBK-TV (FOX Channel 2) and available to other Fox stations.
UPDATE OCTOBER 3RD: It certainly was “free-wheeling” with (in the words of the Freep) charges and countercharges about the honesty of their TV ads, international trade, taxes, abortion, his tax returns and her ability to bring jobs to Michigan. Their “What the Voters Said” feature seems to suggest, however, that few minds were changed by the debate, something borne out in the comments below and also in this Detroit News article about the debate. Want to see what others are saying? How about a Google blog search for “Granholm Devos Debate“?
If you missed it, you can watch the first debate on the WKAR-TV web site.
Tuesday, October 10 (8-9 PM)
The second debate will be broadcast by WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and WDIV-TV (Local 4) from WOOD-TV’s studio and will be available to NBC affiliates. It is billed as a more structured and traditional debate. UPDATE: The debate will air at the original time of 8 PM! (Freep story)
UPDATE OCTOBER 11TH Those who weren’t tuned into Tigers/A’s Game 1 saw a more structured meeting between the two major candidates for Governor that was nonetheless hostile. Republican Dick DeVos opened with “I learned a few things in the first debate. What happened was I saw the governor of the state of Michigan look straight into the camera and lie to the people of Michigan” while the Democratic Governor countered later with “We need a governor who stands up to President Bush and not one who writes him a seven-figure campaign check”. (Detroit News)
There were some items of interest including DeVos’s off-the-cuff proposal to eliminate the personal property tax (which brings in $1.5 billion in revenue) and his claim of support for Michigan’s abortion laws as they stand. (Detroit Free Press)
You can decide for yourself who won (if you had other things to do) and watch the archive of the Second Michigan Gubernatorial Debate at WOOD-TV. You might also want to try a search of blog articles about the 2nd Debate. Post your comments below!
Monday, October 16 (8-9 PM)
The final debate was held at at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in Southfield will include questions from a studio audience of undecided, independent voters in a town hall format. You can view the archived video of the 3rd Michigan Governor Debate at WXYZ-TV / Detroit Now.