U.S. Senate Candidates Debate

By: John Tramontana
By: John Tramontana

The war in Iraq, Michigan's economy, and homeland security were the focal points of Sunday's Senatorial debate. Voters may have a clear choice this election day with the two candidates vastly different in their philosophies.

Senator Stabenow said she didn't support the war in Iraq and that action needs to be taken to bring American troops back home.

"I did not vote to go into Iraq," the Senator said. "But once the policy was made, it's our job to make sure they have everything they need. And I have voted for every defense bill to give them what they need."

Bouchard, Oakland County's Sheriff, took a different approach. He believes the United States cannot leave until Iraq is stable.

"We can't simply leave it in a vacuum," he said. "It has to be based on when is it more safe and secure and then as quickly as possible bring our troops home."

Bouchard added more emphasis needs to be put on Michigan and it's struggling economy. He said Senator Stabenow can't make up her mind.

"There she goes again. She says one thing and does another thing in Washington. I won't just talk about jobs back here in Michigan. I'll get results."

But Senator Stabenow said Michigan is hurt by unfair trade policies, implemented by President Bush and supported by Bouchard.

"The strategy we need is one that creates a level playing field on trade, because we can compete with anybody."

The two candidates will have one final chance to go head-to-head with another debate scheduled for October 29th. Senator Stabenow currently leads Bouchard by 13 percent in the polls.

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