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.

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  • by Sans on Sep 16, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    What a joke? Virg dodges issues with the city council every single meeting. Snyder is not dodging the public, or his past. The only truth Virg knows is the truth according to Virg. He has repeatedly changed things to put himself in a better light. He doesn't ever listen to people, and as Mayor on several occassions flat out lied to people who disagreed with something he decided needed to be done. Does he care no. The only truth I have ever heard from his lips is that he is a career politian.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    Debates are great in wasting time. Give both candidates teh same questions and let them explain it in print format. It would allow them to explain their points with the repeat rhetoric you see in debats and speeches.
  • by Trish Location: Lansing on Sep 14, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    I agree with Rick Snyder as to the idea of debating. Why don't they have separate Q & A sessions with a moderator, like Jason Colthorp. That way each one can explain what they plan on how to resolve the issues concerning the State of Michigan by answering questions from the citizens of this state. The bickering is tiring and not proactive. I am tired of the debates when all that is accomplished is to hear bantering from the candidates. Which seems to be all what the Mayor of Lansing is doing lately.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    This is Virg being Virg. He will do anything to get things his way. This in no different than the way he works with the Lansing City Council, Citizens of Lansing, and proves once again that only Virg is ever right, and how dare we disagree with him about anything.
  • by Paul Location: Lansing on Sep 14, 2010 at 04:25 AM
    Lauren, I watched your report regarding the townhall in Westlan. It seems like a bit of grandstanding on Benero's part. How did you know Mayor Benero would be there? I don't recall WILX coverage on Snyder's other 58 townhalls. In all fairness, you should have mentioned why WILX was covering an event is Westland..
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2010 at 04:10 AM
    Bernero has nothing to lose since he is 20 points behind. His mudslinging is a typical politician.
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