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Whitmer and Dixon speak at Detroit Economic Club

Gretchen Whitmer and Tudor Dixon
Credit: Associated Press
Gretchen Whitmer and Tudor Dixon

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican challenger Tudor Dixon had a chance to deliver their messages to the wealthy and well-connected today. The pair spoke to the Detroit Economic Club.

This wasn’t a debate. That takes place on Tuesday. Social issues were supposed to be set aside in the downtown Detroit event, with the focus on the economy. But Governor Whitmer found a way around that by framing the potential for legalized abortion in Michigan as a way to draw business to the state.

“If we enshrine reproductive rights into law here in Michigan I want to go into Indiana and Ohio and start stealing headquarters and cultivating talent,” said Whitmer.

While Whitmer largely ignored her opponent, Republican Tudor Dixon criticized environmental regulations in Michigan saying they're hurting business growth.

“The environmental agency came out and said this 100 year old farm has a cat tail in the middle of it you're now on a wetland,” said Dixon.

Whitmer and Dixon will make their pitch to voters in a final debate at Oakland University next week.

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