Republican Land Favors Extending Jobless Benefits

** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, DEC. 24 ** Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is shown during an interview Dec. 10, 2007, in Lansing, Mich. Land didn't get a lot of changes she'd hoped for this year in voting requirements, campaign finance disclosure and the creation of a new, dual-purpose driver's license. But she's optimistic lawmakers will have more time to spend on her suggestions in 2008. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has come out in favor of extending the unemployment benefits of 43,000 Michigan residents.

Land on Tuesday issued a statement saying she supports an extension of jobless benefits to "those actively seeking gainful employment." She adds that it's just a short-term fix and another example of how Washington is governed by crisis.

White House-backed legislation to renew jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle on Tuesday. It would restore benefits to 1.3 million long-term jobless affected when the program expired Dec. 28.

Democratic candidate Gary Peters also supports extending jobless benefits, saying it's an investment with a proven economic return.

Land's stance in high-unemployment Michigan puts her at odds with some Republicans and outside conservative organizations that say an extension is wasteful.

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