Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Granholm / DeVos Debate Dates Finalized

Mark your calendars! This morning's Detroit Free Press reports that dates for three debates between Granholm and DeVos have been finalized:

The first debate is expected to be hosted by WKAR, the public TV station on the campus of Michigan State University, on Oct. 2. The others are at WOOD-TV (an NBC affiliate) in Grand Rapids on Oct. 10 and at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7, an ABC affiliate) in Southfield Oct. 16.

The first and fourth debates could differ from a traditional "debate" format. According to a piece by Tim Skubick in the Lansing State Journal, the Oct 2 debate will be without any rules. Granholm and DeVos "can respond without a time clock, without restraints on the length of answers and without some red light going off."

Their fourth joint appearance on Oct. 12 at the Detroit Economic Club is more likely to be two presentations, not another debate.

Much like before the 2004 Presidential debates, both campaigns are posturing to lower expectations for their candidate so that they can call a "win" after the debate:

DeWitt acknowledged that Granholm is widely viewed as a superb communicator, but he wanted to make sure no one assumed she would handle DeVos with ease in debate. In recent months DeVos, who sometimes appears stiff on camera, "has gotten much better," DeWitt said.

Truscott, meanwhile, was lavish in his praise of Granholm's speaking skills. DeVos, he said, hopes to "hold his own" by focusing on his vision for Michigan and reminding voters about "the governor's record of failure."

Looking forward to discussing these with you all in the diaries / open threads!

Cross-posted on Michigan Liberal (fp).


At 1:18 PM, Blogger Nirmal said...

In my haste, I realized I made a couple of errors with this. The Oct 12 appearance is the third appearance, not the fourth. Also, it should read "The first and fourth
joint appearances could differ," not debates. Sorry.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger David A Wishinsky said...

I am excited about these debates. My only concern is the bar is set so low for DeVos that anything short of a meltdown will be presumed to be a victory. However, I think voters (and I am not sure how many actually wash) should see through DeVos' phoniness (I had the misfortune of seeing it in person) and see that when it comes to the issues that Governor Granholm is really the only choice in this race.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger David A Wishinsky said...

wash should be watch... though who knows how many wash either...

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Granholm is really the only choice in this race"? Are you kidding? I don't think DeVos has all the answers, but exactly what has Granholm done the past four years that would earn her another term? Frankly, she stinks. She can talk all she wants, but she really hasn't helped the State at all! It's time to give someone else a chance.


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