Governor Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos finally got the chance to debate the issues after months of campaigning and countless television ads. The focus, however, remained the same - how to create jobs in Michigan.
DeVos said the Governor has failed in her four years in office and that Michigan has suffered for it.
Governor Granholm countered with accusations of investments in a nursing home chain that allegedly physically and sexually abused its patients.
Some of the other issues discussed included gay marriage, stem cell research, and abortion.
There are two more debates scheduled in the coming weeks. The next will be October 10 in Grand Rapids with the third and final on October 16th in Detroit.