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Michigan's candidates for governor face off in only debate on Sunday

Oct 9, 2014

Sunday evening, Republican Governor Rick Snyder and his Democratic challenger Mark Schauer will square off in their only scheduled debate before November’s election.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The town hall-style debate will be televised from Wayne State University, and you can hear it live on Michigan Radio at 6:00 pm.

Recent polls have shown incumbent Snyder opening a lead over Schauer.   

Democratic candidate Mark Schauer appearing at last night's Ballot Bash event in Lansing
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

But Mark Schauer says he does not see Sunday’s debate as “make or break” for his campaign. He insists this remains a “jump ball race.”

“This race is going to be very close until Election Day,” says Schauer. “I think (Sunday’s town hall debate) is a very good opportunity for the public to see there’s a difference between candidates.”

Education spending and the economy are expected to be major topics during the hour-long town hall. 

During the campaign, Democrat Schauer has repeatedly claimed Republican Snyder has cut $1 billion in state education spending. Snyder has called the campaign claim “a lie,” citing figures showing his administration has been increasing education spending.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) called campaign claims he cut state education spending by a billion dollars "lies" during a recent campaign event in Kalamazoo.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Schauer has also attacked Snyder’s policies as favoring businesses and the wealthy, at the expense of the poor and senior citizens.

Snyder insists his policies have helped reduce Michigan’s unemployment rate and improved Michigan’s economy.