Bernero Says Snyder Is "Hiding" From His Record

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email
He says Snyder won

(AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Rod Sanford)

"What he's doing is dodging a debate and dodging the public."

Virg Bernero is calling out republican opponent Rick Snyder for abruptly ending gubernatorial debate negotiations.

"He thinks he's in the corporate world where he issues a final offer and cash is king," says Bernero.

Based on letters exchanged between the two candidates it appears Snyder wanted to choose the moderators and limit the broadcasts, while Bernero wanted fewer restrictions. Our calls for comment to Snyder's camp were not returned monday.

"He claims to be one tough nerd, but the public will see the hypocrisy-- that dodging debates and running from your record is not tough," Bernero says of Snyder.

But with Bernero trailing and Snyder leading in the race for governor, one analyst says it's not unusual to have a debate over the debate.

"Obviously each campaign manager and each candidate wants to maximize their chances to look good, and minimize their chances to look bad," says Jeff Williams of Public Sector Consultants.

Williams says there is a general hunger for debates among the public. However, "tragically," Williams says, "if there isn't a debate, people shrug their shoulders and say 'I wish there would've been one.' I don't see the population ourtaged or marching with torches to the Capitol because there isn't a debate."

It's hard to track how many people even watch debates; estimates show about 17 percent of people tuned into the presidential debates in 2000. Still, some voters would like the option.

"It kind of scares me," says voter Nick Valdez. "We should know what's going on. I definitely want to know someone's intentions before voting for them."

But that just might not happen in debate form. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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