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Whitmer, Dixon clash over abortion, guns, and pandemic response

Gretchen Whitmer and Tudor Dixon
Credit: Associated Press
Composite picture of Gretchen Whitmer and Tudor Dixon

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican challenger Tudor Dixon fought over abortion, guns and schools in the first of two debates prior to the November election

Dixon said the Democratic incumbent botched her COVID response at the expense of businesses and education. Whitmer said she made tough calls in a crisis.

Dixon called Whitmer’s position on abortion “radical,” but said she’d respect the voters’ decision if an abortion rights amendment is adopted in November. Whitmer said a governor will make a difference on that question either way.

“Here’s the fact of the matter: I still have a lawsuit that’s pending in front of the Supreme Court, so, ultimately, that too will have to be decided.”

Whitmer said Dixon’s wrong to oppose background checks for gun purchases and gun-free school zones. Dixon said Whitmer wants to impose onerous restrictions on gun ownership.

The next and final debate is scheduled for October 25th at Oakland University.

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