Locals react to Gillibrand's bus tour stop in Lansing

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York greets supporters at the Lansing Brewing Company

LANSING, MI. (WILX) - With a sip of beer and smile, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York kicked off her final stop of her “Trump Broken Promises Tour” at the Lansing Brewing Company.

“He lied to Michiganders. He came here and he lied to your face,” Gillibrand shouted.

Her words highlighting the message behind her two-day, three-state bus tour in blue states that turned red to support President Donald Trump in 2016. During the event Gillibrand told the audience which promises she thought Trump broke to Michigan voters and what she planned to do differently.

The audience at the Lansing Brewing Company was mostly white middle aged men and women. A number of them not yet decided on who they’ll vote for.

Gail Giddings was one of those undecided voters. Rushing to the brewery right after work, she says she had to hear what Gilibrand was all about.

“Right after Trump took office, she stood up to him verbally and I could see that. I thought it was really important.”

Although former Vice President Joe Biden is ahead in the polls, Giddings says she’s saying ‘no to Joe’.

“He doesn’t have a whole lot of ideas. Nothing fresh or new. He seems like an old guy and I’m an old girl,” Giddings said.

Just a few seats away Judy Lundy said being old isn’t so bad. A senior citizen herself, although she is undecided, she says the younger voters calling out the older candidates is an issue.

“I wanted to find out what she’d do for senior citizens like me,” Lundy said. “In our party it seems that young people are saying seniors should move aside and I find it to be a little disheartening because you really see seniors who vote a lot. When you put down old people like Biden guess who they’re
also putting down.”

One giddy and excited attendee told News 10 out all of the Democratic candidates running for president Gillibrand has always had her vote.

“When I saw it on the news today, I got so excited. I was like oh my gosh, I can’t believe it, my candidate is coming to town,” Lansing native Eileen Brooker said. “She was my candidate before the debates and she really did not get adequate airtime. She has done more for women, she’s got a plan for voters nationwide.”

Gillibrand’s day in Michigan started with a workout at TruFit in Detroit. The bus then went to Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham for a town hall on gun violence. Finally moving to Flint and visiting the water plant with Mayor Karen Weaver.

Gillibrand will return to Michigan July 30th for CNN’s presidential debate in Detroit.