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Snyder Considers Adding Governor Debates in Future


Governor Rick Snyder says he is willing to look at creating a debate commission to secure more debates in the future, after the U.S. Senate didn't have any and the race for governor only had one.

The governor says there were way too many GOP Presidential primary debates, so it's unlikely he will endorse a whole bunch in the next U.S. Senate or governor's race. A special federal bi-partisan commission ordered three debates in the presidential electiom.

Back in 2010, the governor was not open to a series of debates with the democratic challenger Virg Benero, who wanted seven. Benero got one and the format was so constrained, that Benero had only three chances in one hour to rebutt what Snyder was saying.

There was a reason Snyder wanted only one debate: he had a lead and there was no reason to risk it by doing more debates where he might have stumbled.

A statewide bi-partisan debate commission could change that, set the ground rules and decide on an appropriate number, but the governor has one request: let the citizens in on the Q and A, not just correspondents.

On another election related matter, other states have universal absentee voting, in Michigan, two former secretaries of state have tried to pass that here, but republicans have always blocked the effort. Snyder says he votes absentee most of the time and he's willing to look at it in the new year.

"I think thats something theoretically we could have an opportunity to look at in 2013."

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