AP Interview: ‘Underdog’ Schuette pushes tax cut, AG record

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette says he will not distance himself from Donald Trump despite the president’s unpopularity with Michigan voters and will win them over with a pro-tax cut message and his record as attorney general of helping victims of human trafficking and sexual assault.

The gubernatorial nominee has trailed Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in polling conducted since they won their primary contests last month. And with less than two months until Nov. 6, he knows he must appeal to more of the electorate, particularly crucial independents.

Schuette already is calling himself an “underdog” but says he will win because voters want to go forward and not backward. He points to his “paycheck agenda” that cut the state income tax, lower auto insurance premiums and put a greater emphasis on student apprenticeships.