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Mark Schauer Calls For Five Debates, Governor Snyder Says It’s Too Early

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MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (WLNS) - The two candidates running for governor are on Mackinac Island, but Governor Rick Snyder and democratic challenger Mark Schauer are not going to meet, let alone debate.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick is with the candidates on the island.

Democratic candidate for governor, Mark Schauer was not invited to the Detroit Chamber Mackinac Conference, but he showed up anyway.

The chamber has already endorsed Governor Snyder as he was center stage not once, but twice.

Mr. Schauer was relegated to doing one-on-one interviews with the media away from the Grand Hotel.

He called for five debates this fall.

Reporter: “Some might say you’re dreaming since he only did one debate last time, why would he give you five?”

Mark Schauer, democratic candidate for governor: “Well this is a very different race. He understands that. That’s why he and his friends have been spending millions of dollars attacking me.”

Governor Snyder: “It’s very premature to be talking about debates. I mean we’re not even through quote on quote the primary season. So I’m gonna stay focused on Detroit and transportation and important issues like that.”

The state Democratic Party chair has a challenge, lots of democrats often stay home in the race for governor every four years.

Mr. Johnson wants to anger the democrats to get them to the polls and Mr. Schauer says they are angry.

“One thing that Governor Rick Snyder and an extreme legislature have done is unify democrats,” said Mark Schauer.

The democrats claim that individual citizens do not feel better about their economy, even though the state has improved.

“The Michigan voters don’t need to be told they’re better off four years from now. They just need to take a look at what’s outside their door. Are the roads any better? Are the classrooms any less crowded? Are there more jobs? The answer’s no,” said Lori Johnson, state democratic chair.

“At the end of the day Michigan says are they looking at their check books, their savings accounts, their job growth, their bonus checks and making a decision on how will I compare to where I was,” said Bobby Schostak, Michigan Republican Party chairman.

As for any gubernatorial debates this fall, stay tuned.
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