Snyder Running for Re-election, Stops in Lansing

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will seek a second term in office, he announced Monday in Detroit.

"To put it in a simple sense, we've got a lot done and we should be proud of that, but we should not be complacent nor content," Snyder said. "There's more great work to be done and that's the opportunity in front of us. That's the opportunity that has me so excited to be with you today. Let's continue this path of partnership."

The governor then embarked on a two-day, six-stop tour through the state. Monday afternoon, that brought him to Two Men and a Truck, a Lansing business that has seen international growth since it started 20 years ago.

The governor toured an expanding facility, one his lieutenant governor said was symbolic of what Snyder has done for the state.

"You see the progress that's happening outside, it's a good image of what's happening across the state of Michigan over the course of the last few years," said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

Snyder says the state has come a long way in those few years.

"The record's strong," he said. "We started from a broken state to a state now that has come back more than any other state in the United States."

Snyder says under his watch, jobs, income and population are up, while violent crime, homelessness and infant mortality are down.

"I'm proud of the record we've accomplished, but our work isn't done," he said. "I would say today when people ask what are your priorities, it's simple: more and better jobs and a future for our kids."

Democrats agree that jobs are the top priority, but disagree that Snyder has done a good enough job creating them. A number of them picketed and rallied before Snyder's stop, chanting "middle class, not CEOs" and "one term nerd."

"We're here to talk about what the governor's not talking about inside," said Lon Johnson, chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party. "He gave a $1.1 billion tax break to corporations and paid for it by taxing seniors and cutting education."

Investing in education should be the first priority, Johnson said. He wants the governor to restore the cuts he made to education, repeal the pension tax and raise the minimum wage, he said.

"We're 49th in job growth with the third highest unemployment rate," he said. "We can do better, this governor can do better and he's not."

Snyder's challenger, Democrat Mark Schauer, called the governor "out of touch" with voters. Snyder rejected that claim, saying it's exactly what he'd expect from a career politician.

"I stick to relentless positive action," Snyder said. "I'm in touch, I'm very proud of a number of things I've done."

Democrats say Schauer's biggest obstacle to the Capitol is a bank account that is a fraction of Snyder's to date.

Johnson says the best way to overcome that disparity is with "the truth," and hitting the streets to get the message out.

"You can be the comeback governor all you want," he said, "but the people of Michigan know that they're not growing as fast as they need to be."

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