Governor Candidates Talk Big Issues In Economy

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

"It's about having a job. But it's also about having a roof over your head," says Democratic candidate for governor Virg Bernero. He's calling now for a foreclosure moratorium.

"For people that are being thrown out of their homes, it matters. It's a serious issue. It's not something that should be on the back burner," he says.

At a Detroit Economic Club gathering Thursday, Bernero calls it Michigan's biggest issue right now. He directly addresses banks preying on people in danger of losing their homes.

"If you are part of the problem, if you're part of the Wall Street greed, then you and I are going to have a problem," he says.

Bernero's opponent, Republican Rick Snyder, agrees foreclosure issues are serious. He talks about what he considers even more pressing.

"Number one on that list is the need for more and better jobs," Snyder says. "Government's role is not to create jobs, it's to create an environment where jobs can flourish."

The two men didn't share the stage at the same time, but they were asked the same questions from the audience of economic club members and high school students. One question-- what has your opponent said about you that's not true?

"The whole thing about outsourcing," Snyder says. "Those are untrue. At Gateway I'm proud of my record. I helped grow a company from a few hundred to 10,000 when I was managing the company."

"They've got another one out that talks about our unemployment rate. In Lansing, we're the second lowest in the state. Did unemployment go up? Of course it did, it went up throughout the entire state. It just went up less in Lansing," Bernero says.

This isn't the last time this week the two men will be under the same roof talking about their campaigns. They're scheduled to square off in a televised debate Sunday night at 7:00.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    Where in the clip does it say "we'll fund the foreclosures"? It says moratorium.
  • by non anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 at 07:56 AM
    Its like in pro wrestling, they appear enemies in the ring, but afterward they go out to dinner together. The left and right are controlled by the same beast.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    Government can not create jobs, they redistribute the wealth. The government did not force people to sign mortgages that they could not afford. If the government was doing their job, the only thing they should be funding is our military forces.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    John and Sans you guys are right on the money. Michigan needs good paying Jobs, and I'm not talking about the new normal jobs. That's just the bottom line. If Michigan had good paying jobs I bet 80%-90% of our problems would go away.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    The reason Virg is so against banks and forclosure is easy. Banks are notorious for not paying fees, taxes, etc on foreclosed properties. Where would Virg get money for his pencils if no one is paying property taxes. Seriously neither of these guys is perfect. However getting people back to work so they can pay their bills, is more important than them staying in a home they cann't afford to pay for. I don't want to just hear words I want to see it happen.
  • by Leah on Oct 8, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    I appreciate the help that people are getting on trying to keep their homes. However if the housepayment is more than what you can afford, or you owe more than the house is worth, a little help only puts off the problem, I am sorry but Virg doesn't seem to get it. It's not the banks, its the housing bubble the burst. It is no jobs, don't blame it on the banks. Clinton signed NAFTA in to effect and jobs started leaving the country. You need to fix all the problems not just one of them. You need jobs for people first. Snyder is right about this.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2010 at 04:47 AM
    It would have been nice to get devos into office in 2006. He might have reduced the effect of socilist policies in washington. Now it is time to get rid of the bad policies.
  • by Sans on Oct 8, 2010 at 04:47 AM
    Foreclosure is a serious issue, however if you are on unemployment and do not have the money to make the house payments having a little thrown at the problem does not help. People in Michigan need jobs. People are living at a below poverty level because there are NO jobs. No one wants charity, they want jobs.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:03 PM
    Well Michigan...obvioulsy neither one of these guys is the answer. Both are full of rhetoric and are being true to their parties core values. Virg has the Demorcrats entitlement mentaility nailed and Rick is so smug he actually beleives he knows best....keep in mind a for profit business is nothign like government. How many businesses do you know that have to provide courts and prisons....not a lot of 'profit' margins with those.
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