Top Democratic Candidates for Governor Join Detroit Today

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Gretchen Whitmer

This year’s race for governor is beginning to heat up. A number of candidates have already shown they’re willing to turn negative against their opponents. On the Democratic side, candidates have even filed complaints questioning their opponents’ eligibility to run for office in the first place.

Three of the top Democrats running for governor this year join Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about their campaigns, their vision for leading the state, and some of the pressing issues affecting Michiganders.

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Shri Thanedar

Gretchen Whitmer answers questions about her experiences as state Senate Democratic leader and as interim Ingham County prosecutor and how they have or have not prepared her for the office of governor.

Shri Thanedar answers questions about a number of scandals that have plagued his campaign. Those include reports that he considered running for office as a Republican and reports that his company abandoned hundreds of dogs and monkeys in a testing facility that went bankrupt.

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Abdul El-Sayed

Abdul El-Sayed talks about the notion that his campaign has gone of the defensive in recent weeks after a series of unforeseen hurdles. He talks about Shri Thanedar’s challenge to his eligibility to run, as well as his own decision to challenge Thanedar’s eligibility.

Click here to listen to Henderson’s interviews with Republican candidates for governor Bill Schuette, Brian Calley, and Patrick Colbeck.

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

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