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Presidential Debate

Gretchen Whitmer
October 2, 2012

Friends –

This Wednesday, the first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney will not only provide us an opportunity to hear from the two candidates directly, but is a chance for them to show that beyond the carefully scripted campaign speeches and commercials, they actually have the necessary plan to do what’s right for America.

I’ve been a proud supporter of President Obama throughout this election. I’m inspired by his passion for the America he believes in and the America that we can have again if we work together, focus on solutions and end the bitter partisanship that has gridlocked Washington for too long.

I have little doubt the President will continue to articulate his plan to move America forward during the debate Wednesday night. My bigger question is: what will Mitt Romney talk about?

Will Romney continue to advocate for the Republican platform that boasts of rolling back women’s rights, discriminating against gay families and taking away healthcare choices from millions of families?

Perhaps he’ll speak proudly of reverting back to the very policies that directly lead to our nation’s economic collapse?

Or maybe Romney will once again criticize the rescue of our auto industry? Or will he try to take credit for it again? How about both?

The truth is, nobody seems to know what Mitt Romney really stands for, but the one thing I know he won’t be there to debate Wednesday night is his plan to get the economy and the job market back on track because he simply doesn't have one.

No political party is ever perfect, nor does any one politician have all the answers, but Mitt Romney seems to think there are no answers except to try what has already failed. He wants us to believe that we should simply turn the keys back over to those who steered us down this dangerous path and let them once again reward Wall Street mismanagement while Michigan job-providers suffer.

Simply put, that’s disgraceful.

I choose to believe that Michigan has been, and can once again be, the driving force behind America’s success, but only if we have the leaders both in Washington and Lansing that believe that as well. That’s why I’m proud to support President Obama and leaders like him who believe in working together to make our Government work for the people once again.

I hope you’ll take the time to watch the debate Wednesday night and talk to your friends, family and neighbors about the upcoming election and what’s at stake this year. We will have the opportunity to continue to move forward and rebuild our economy or go back to the policies that created this mess in the first place.

I hope you’ll agree that the choice is clear.


Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Senate Democratic Leader