Proud grandparents Dick and Dawn Rossell came to see their granddaughter Abby show her pig and win a prize.
The Rossells say they vote Republican almost all the time, but they haven’t decided yet.
“I’m leaning right, but when it comes to my politicians, I want what’s best for this state and country,” Dick Rossell said.
He said the economy was the issue that most determined his vote, but believed that there were times when an abortion was necessary and wanted to preserve that right for women.
When he said that, his wife Dawn nodded in agreement. She said her abortion had never been an issue determining her vote, but it could be this year.
Dawn Rossell said, “Before I decide whether to vote for abortion, I’d love to hear more about what Tudor Dixon has to say about abortion.
But not Whitmer.
“People often ask, ‘Why the hell do you want to keep doing this?'” Whitmer told the audience. “Tough times need tough people.”
She often talks about abortion issues.
“The only reason Michigan remains a choice-supporting state is because of my veto and litigation,” she said.
Whitmer was asked whether Michigan could be the next Kansas in an interview with CNN on Grand Blanc.
“I can’t speak to everything that was part of informing Kansas voters,” she said. This means that it supports
At a recent roundtable in Macomb County for women to talk about “reproductive rights,” Whitmer opened up about her own trauma.
“When I was in college, one in four women was raped. And a few days later it was devastating. After an hour or a day, I thought, “Oh my God, what if I get pregnant?” If so, I knew I could choose what was right for me.
“I have two daughters and the idea that I have less rights than I have had in my life makes me angry,” she added.
Emily Sheleda and her mother, Rhonda McClinton, said they are swing voters who have supported both Democrats and Republicans.
“I don’t think the overturn of Roe v. Wade necessarily changed who I voted for, but it definitely changed the way people like my mom, who are more middle class, voted. I was urged to vote for those who defend reproductive rights,” said Emily Sheleda.
“I couldn’t have said it better myself,” her mother added. I don’t think I expected to come.”
Other concerns still dominate
Not all voters in Michigan feel any particular push to vote after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal constitutional right to abortion no longer exists.
“I don’t think the abortion issue is a big deal in Michigan,” said a supporter of Dixon, a Republican running for state senator who was protesting outside Whitmer’s campaign event in Grand Blanc. said Aaron Gardner.
“What most people care about is the money in their pockets,” he said. “Let’s be realistic. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and our leadership in Michigan and Lansing has repeatedly betrayed voters by not voting to evade taxes.”
Whitmer said he understands that his constituencies are struggling financially.
“People are having a hard time putting food on the table. The cost of everything is going up. The cost of gas has been going down continuously for the last month and a half, which is good. But I’ve been trying to do something about it.Our Congress is working with me to give tax cuts and sales tax leave so my family can get ready to go back to school. I wouldn’t.
She was recently in Bay City to tour a new semiconductor manufacturing plant.
“We just announced record jobs in Michigan, with 25,000 people in advanced manufacturing making batteries here,” Whitmer said.
“So there’s a lot of good stuff going on. Not everyone is feeling it yet. That’s why we need to step into the accelerator,” she added cautiously.
“It’s hard to lead in this era, no question, and I’ve had to navigate a lot of tough things over the past few years,” she said. values leaders who use every tool in their toolbox to put their values into practice and try to solve problems, and I see that happening at the federal level, but I see it happening at the Washington, D.C. I’m not a creature of the world, I’ll stay focused on Michigan and the people of Michigan.”
rarity on the trail
Through a spokesperson, Dixon declined CNN’s request for an interview. Her campaign did not share details of the public event or provide a proxy for CNN to speak on.
Dixon’s presence in the campaign has been largely absent since she won the Republican primary last month. A Michigan Republican source said they are spending time fundraising and reorganizing for the general election.
In her remarks on Lansing, Dixon appeared to borrow from Youngkin’s playbook.
“We want educational freedom in Michigan,” she told the crowd.
“We want transparency in schools and that’s why we call for the Parents’ Right to Know Act….We want you to know what books are in your child’s classroom. I think you should know what books your school has in your library and what the class syllabus is for your child. think.
Dixon then touched on another cultural topic, telling the audience that they should know if teachers have recently attended training on how to help children change pronouns.
“We should know that,” she said.
In an interview with CNN, Whitmer insisted on speaking about the importance of public education, even though it was unsolicited, and offered what appeared to be a counter-proposal on the issue of parental involvement.
“We just launched a Parent Advisory Board. I think it’s really important to empower people,” she said.
“I think she did a bad job, especially in the Covid situation,” said Michigan voter Ron Jordan.
Jordan, who usually votes Republican, said he likes everything about Dixon “except the abortion issue.”
“Apparently she…” he paused and thought for a moment. “You have to be more tolerant of the abortion situation.”