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Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Hold Forum in Dewitt

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Community members listened to Republican candidates square off against each other to decide who would run against democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2012.

The Tea Party Patriots from several mid-Michigan counties hosted a forum for the candidates in Dewitt on Thursday evening.

Hundreds of people braved the rain to watch a battle unfold. The forum featured 6 Republican candidates, fighting to replace Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabanow.

"We need to replace her she's not a good leader, we need to go in the other direction," said U.S. Senate Candidate Randy Hekman.

During the forum each candidate answered 5 questions about why he should replace Stabenow.

"We need another direction. I've reformed Washington before and, I'll do it again," said Pete Hoekstra.

"For forty years I've done work to help people. At my college I started a publication in primus and I started the alternatives program," said Clark Durant.

Every man towed his own agenda, but they danced around some key issues, such as fixing the economy.

"I am willing to sign the pledge on raising no taxes under any circumstances," said Scotty Boman.

"We need to cut spending. We need to balance the budget," said Peter Konetchy.

Some candidates prided themselves on sticking to the constitution. @

"To fix this country we need to stick the constitutional principles this nation was founded on. I would consider my self a Tea Party activist," said Gary Glen.

Afterwards attendees voted on who they liked the best and some really took the task to heart.

"There are so many emotions to filter through and I'm still learning about the candidates I'm taking notes on their three important issues. The most important thing to me is finding jobs," said Dewitt resident, Deb Devries.

"I know who I'm not voting for. I don't want another Washington insider," said Joe Lenard, Tea Party supporter.

Only one Republican can face off against Stabenow in 2012, so until the primary it's every man for himself.

Two other candidates also plan to run for the senate seat but didn't finish their paperwork in time for the forum.

The primaries are scheduled for next summer.

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