What Michigan voters want to hear from Democratic presidential debate candidates

July 28, 2019

Detroit Free Press

Kathleen Gray

From immigration and health care to racial equality and supporting small businesses, the concerns of typical Michiganders, who are planning to watch the debates and are still deciding who will get their vote during the March 10 presidential primary in the state, are both big and small. They have as much to do with policy as with the presidency of Donald Trump, the Republican who won Michigan by a mere 10,704 votes in 2016.

And for many, according to a survey taken last week by the Detroit Regional Chamber, voters want the candidates to stick to the political center.

The survey showed, by a margin of 57%-39%, Michiganders oppose building a wall at the southern border, but favor other forms of border security. A strong majority of 78% favor a path to citizenship for Dreamers, the children of immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, and another 54% believe there should be a pathway to undocumented immigrants who haven’t committed any major crimes. They also favor free college tuition, and a 40%-32% plurality believe tariffs on cars made in foreign countries are hurting the auto industry. By a 40%-24% margin, the people surveyed opposed Medicare for all and 51% opposed getting rid of private insurance in favor of Medicare for all.

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Flashpoint 7/28/19: Preview of Democratic debates; what matters to voters heading into 2020

July 28, 2019

Click On Detroit

Devin Scillian – Anchor, Natasha Dado

Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint featured a discussion on the upcoming Democratic presidential debates being held at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.

Segments One and Two:

Roundtable discussion featuring Nancy Kaffer, columnist at the Detroit Free Press; Reggie Turner, attorney, Clark Hill; Mike Bishop, former Michigan congressman and Dennis Cowan, attorney, Plunkett Cooney.

Segment Three:

Brad Williams of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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Democrats Have an Uphill Climb to Win Back Michigan From Trump

July 29, 2019

Bloomberg

David Welch and Tyler Pager 

Democrats say they’ve got lots of answers for Michigan’s woes — automotive and agriculture sectors suffering from the trade war, racial economic inequalities, and a lack of affordable health care. But they face a skeptical audience when they arrive for this week’s debates.

Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the first Democratic presidential candidate to lose the state in 28 years, by a slim 11,000 votes. The party seems to understand it can’t take Michigan for granted this time around.

State and local officials want the candidates to know that they need to not just show up, but to show up with a clear message on key working-class issues like health care, trade and jobs. Even with the U.S. economy growing, plant closings in Michigan and Ohio have many factory workers on edge.

Unemployment is 8.8% in Detroit, double the state’s average, and there’s a strong sense that prosperity is concentrated in seven miles near downtown, among white-collar workers at big employers like GM and Quicken Loans Inc., Grossmann said. Democrats will try to exploit that disparity and get the city’s voters to come out for them.

A recent poll from the Detroit Regional Chamber found that 51% of likely Michigan voters think the national economy is on the right track and 62% believe the state economy is on the right track. But the poll showed a stark racial and gender divide. Some 62% of women and 83% of black voters said they believe the national economy is on the wrong track.

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