Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Try to Distinguish Themselves in Final Debate

A Democratic debate was held in Detroit Thursday night for the three candidates who want to be the one to go against the Republican nominee for governor.

It’s the last time Democrats will take the stage before the candidates are whittled down in next month’s primary.

And the last chance for them to separate themselves from those in their own party.

The Democratic candidates for governor made their final pitch to voters in their final debate with the primary election quickly approaching.

“It’s really important that we have leaders who know how to get things done,” Gretchen Whitmer said.

Former Senate leader Gretchen Whitmer again leaned on her legislative experience, and focused on bipartisan work done on healthcare while in Lansing, hoping that carries her to a nomination.

“I think it’s important we have leaders who are going to model the kind of behavior we want our kids to emulate, I mean for all of these reasons I think that the experience that I bring, tells you who I am, what my values are and that I know how to get stuff done,” Whitmer said.

Doctor Abdul El Sayed touted his work in the medical field and is hoping his progressive platform on health care and rejection of corporate money resonates with voters in the final weeks of the primary.

“I felt like we were able to get our points across and Michiganders are going to see the difference. There’s a clear difference between a Republican running as a Democrat, a Democrat, running like a Republican and somebody who actually believes in our values,” El Sayed said.

Businessman Shri Thanedar is also banking on a piece of the progressive pie as he pushed his plan on education, roads and infrastructure

“This is exciting, I think we won, we got our ideas across, early childhood education is something I’m very passionate about, I want to help mothers, single fathers, people understand they need a difference,” Thanedar said.

Voters head to the polls on August 7.