Preparing for the Gubernatorial Debate

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

He was at a Lansing company to talk about advanced manufacturing Monday, but the issue of the gubernatorial debates, or debate singular, was still forefront on Virg Bernero's mind.

"I regret that he took his ball and went home and I regret the childish way he conducted himself in regards to the debate negotiations," Virg Bernero said about Snyder.

The democratic candidate had hoped for eight debates when he stopped by unannounced at a Rick Snyder event a few weeks ago. But after several discussions between the two, only one could be agreed upon.

"We ought to be having one in Flint, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, the U.P.," Bernero said. "There's no excuse for it."

Pundits say it makes sense. Snyder is holding a 20 point lead thus far, and has gone on record saying he doesn't think debates are effective.

"He does not have a strong speaking voice, I don't think he's comfortable debating," Bernie Porn of Epic MRA said.

Bernero, it seems, is the opposite, often times going on the offensive during debates.

But with Sunday being Bernero's one and only shot to define himself, Pron thinks Bernero should change his game plan a bit.

"I would try to tone it down, not be as aggressive," he said. "Try to be calm, and as calmly as possible, state the facts in terms of his abilities to govern."

Bernero said that's not likely, considering how the primary panned out.

"Let's see I was 20 points down and people counted me out then and I ended up winning by a pretty good margin," Bernero said. "I think it worked."

Bernero said he's looking forward to pinning his record against Snyder's, even if it just this one time.

News Ten called the Rick Snyder campaign Monday. A spokesman said Snyder is campaigning in the U.P. this week and has been preparing for and is looking forward to the debate. They added Snyder is hoping to stick to his ten point plan during Sunday's debate, and not engage in any "back and forth rhetoric."

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    Virg is all hype. The more that he can obtain air time, the more his message sounds the same. I have already ask for my absentee ballot and sent it in. I want to make sure my vote counts for something this year.
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