State of Michigan Archives: on Principles & Values

Tudor Dixon: Calls for liberating Michiganders from lockdowns

The other hopefuls, meanwhile, are working to assert themselves as plausible nominees largely by leaning into issues and ideas pushed by Trump and right-wing media figures. Tudor Dixon is a conservative news host on the same network that features former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who has made adherence to the stolen election lie a litmus test for GOP candidates. She channels Trump on her campaign website with a call for "liberating Michiganders from lockdowns."
Source: NBC News on 2022 Michigan Gubernatorial race Jun 19, 2021

Marcia Squier: Separating church & state is only disestablishmentarianism

Q: What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

A: Disestablishmentarianism. To me it means, not basing legislation on religious scripts, and politicians, judges, etc. leaving their own religious mandates at the door when performing public duties.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Michigan Senate race Nov 3, 2020

John James: From slave to senate candidate in four generations

John Edward James, who turns 39 in June, is a rare political type: an African-American Republican. His great-great-grandfather was born a slave in Mississippi, and he likes to chronicle a brief family history: "In four generations, we've gone from a slave to a sharecropper to a mason to a truck driver and now potentially to a senator. That is absolutely remarkable, not just for our family but for our country."
Source: National Review on 2020 Michigan Senate race May 14, 2020

John James: Liberal violence is construed as speech

He warns about risks to free speech: "Liberal violence is construed as speech, and conservative speech is construed as violence."
Source: National Review on 2020 Michigan Senate race May 14, 2020

Gretchen Whitmer: Michiganders expect results; impatience is a virtue

Michiganders are hardworking people. They expect results. They deserve leaders who will work hard... and get things done. They won't accept excuses, and neither will I. I am not here to play games. For those of you who want to keep playing games, I'm going to press on without you. I'm going to use the power of my office to do what I said I was going to do. Because for me, for Michigan, IMpatience is a virtue.
Source: 2020 Michigan State of the State address Jan 29, 2020

Bill Schuette: Served 3 terms in Congress & then as state Attorney General

In 1984, at the age of 31, Schuette won his first election to the U.S. House. He served three terms before losing a 1990 run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Detroit. In 2010, Schuette sought higher office and was elected attorney general. He hasn't shied away from highly visible and controversial cases, such as joining other state attorneys general in opposing rules and policies of the Democratic Obama administration.
Source: The Detroit News on 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race Jul 25, 2018

John James: Fight for the Constitution's principles, as written

Supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States means abiding by it as written. I will fight to preserve separation of powers, fight for limited government and will approve justices who will interpret the constitution as written.
Source: 2018 Michigan Senate campaign website Mar 2, 2018

Marcia Squier: Government should be separate from private religion

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: Oppose in the sense that while people have the right to their own religion, or lack thereof, the government should be separate from private religion, and governmental agents/agencies should not promote or vilify any particular religion.

Source: OnTheIssues interview on 2018 Michigan Senate race Jul 19, 2017

Jennifer Granholm: Embrace diversity: that is American exceptionalism

Politics is all about addition. Democrats, we have a big tent, as people keep saying, and that means that we want to be about the word "all," right? So we want to embrace the notion of the Statue of Liberty--we want to say that whether you were brought here, your people were brought here on the Amistad, or your people crossed the border via Arizona, or whether they came here on American Airlines, we want to embrace the diversity. That is American exceptionalism.
Source: The Gate (U. Chicago) on 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial race Jun 16, 2017

Gretchen Whitmer: A better Michigan is worth fighting for, we can't wait

I'm no stranger to fights. As Ingham County Prosecutor and as Democratic leader in the Senate, I've led a lot of tough ones. Fights to protect workers' rights, fights to level the playing field for everyone, fights to protect kids and to hold government accountable. The fight was always worth it for what it said to the people we were fighting for. That's why I know we can build a Michigan with opportunities that rival those from our past. We can do better. We deserve better. And we can't wait.
Source: Medium e-zine on 2018 Michigan Governor race Jan 3, 2017

Jack Bergman: I believe the Bible is the true word of God

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Bergman: I believe the Bible is the true word of God and that Jesus Christ died to save the world from our sins. I believe that we are all unique children of God full of potential.

Q: What in the nature of mankind caused America's Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Bergman: The natural tendency of those in control of the government is to consolidate their power against the will of the people. The Founders understood that tendency, and thus they created a separation of powers, both balancing authority within the branches of the federal government and balancing authority between the states and Washington. Our form of government has protected our free society and made us an exceptional nation in the world.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Michigan House race Nov 8, 2016

Jack Bergman: Commitment to being the best made most exceptional nation

Q: Which political philosophy best describes you?

Bergman: Very Conservative

Q: Please defend your answer by referencing your publicly available track record.

Bergman: Hard work and commitment to being the best made the United States the most exceptional nation in the world. Those are the principles that have guided my life. Americans know how to live their lives better than Washington does. I have dedicated my entire career too supporting and defending the Constitution.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Michigan House race Nov 8, 2016

Bernie Sanders: I am very proud to be Jewish; it is much of what I am

Q: There was an article in the Detroit News saying that you keep your Judaism in the background, and that's disappointing some Jewish leaders. Is that intentional?

SANDERS: No. I am very proud to be Jewish, and being Jewish is so much of what I am. Look, my father's family was wiped out by Hitler in the Holocaust. I know about what crazy and radical, and extremist politics mean. I learned that lesson as a tiny, tiny child when my mother would take me shopping, and we would see people working in stores who had numbers on their arms because they were in Hitler's concentration camp. I am very proud of being Jewish, and that is an essential part of who I am as a human being.

Source: 2016 Democratic primary debate in Flint, Michigan Mar 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton: I am a praying person & I pray for God's will to be known

Q: During our church services, we pray for the president & for all civil authorities. We pray for our loved ones & for our enemies. For whom do you pray?

CLINTON: I pray for people whom I know by name. People who either have gone through or are experiencing difficult times, illness, divorce, death, all of the life experiences that confront most of us. I pray for the will of God to be known that we can know it and to the best of our limited ability, try to follow it and fulfill it. I have said many times that I am a praying person, and if I haven't been during the time I was in the White House, I would have become one. Because it's very hard to imagine living under that kind of pressure without being able to fall back on prayer and on my faith. So I do pray for people in authority. I try to think about what they are going through, even when I disagree with them. Trying to find some common ground, some common understanding that perhaps can make me more empathetic. I don't always succeed.

Source: 2016 Democratic primary debate in Flint, Michigan Mar 6, 2016

Jennifer Granholm: There are political solutions to moral problems

There's nothing partisan about Pope Francis's statements. Time and time again, he's simply noted that there are political solutions to moral problems -- and that failing to reach these solutions is a moral failure, not just a political one. I know I just said that he isn't a partisan. But, candidly, I am. And I can't help but note--as a proud Democrat as well as a proud Catholic--that these days Democrats are the party more interested in reaching real solutions to these global challenges.
Source: Berkeley Goldman School on 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial race Sep 25, 2015

Mike Bishop: Uphold the principles of faith, family and freedom

Q: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution?

Bishop: Strongly Disagree

Q: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government?

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values?

Bishop: My spiritual beliefs are driven by my Protestant faith. I am a social conservative who believes and upholds the principles of faith, family and freedom.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Michigan Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Terri Lynn Land: AdWatch: Grew up in a trailer park, then managed motels

On her campaign's YouTube page, Land uploaded a new video Monday called "Success Story" that resembles a TV ad. The 30-second video is designed to tout Land's humble roots and private-sector success, mentioning the trailer park and motel her grandparents owned where she worked.

She grew up in a trailer park and motel owned by her grandparents. Terri Lynn Land worked her way up from cleaning rooms at the motel to managing it. Terri earned a college degree, married and ran the motel," the narrator says.

Democrats plan to make the back story of the trailer park an issue during the campaign. Buzzfeed recently reported that her grandparents sold the trailer park in the mid-1990s to a family business interest which later decided to close it and rezone the land for commercial use, forcing families who lived there to leave.

Source: AdWatch by Washington Post on 2014 Michigan Senate race Apr 21, 2014

Debbie Stabenow: End the ongoing debate over debates: No Senate debates

It appears Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra will campaign for Michigan's Senate seat without meeting for formal debates. The Stabenow campaign issued a statement saying it is "ending the ongoing debate over debates, due to Congressman Hoekstra's refusal to accept the traditional U.S. Senate debates and his constant political attacks."

Stabenow had accepted debate invitations at the Detroit Economic Club and Grand Valley State University, which have held U.S. Senate debates in recent Michigan election cycles. Hoekstra said he wanted debates with more exposure. Neither campaign had accepted the same debate offer, leaving the two campaigns without agreement as the Nov. 6 election approaches. Each campaign has blamed the other for the impasse.

Earlier this week, the Stabenow campaign had said Hoekstra was playing games with the debate issue and that his "antics certainly don't reflect that of someone who actually wants to hold debates."

Source: Michigan Live on 2012 Michigan Senate debates Oct 10, 2012

Peter Hoekstra: I will either debate her or an empty chair; it's her choice

It appears Stabenow and Hoekstra will campaign for Michigan's Senate seat without meeting for formal debates. Stabenow issued a statement saying she is "ending the ongoing debate over debates, due to Congressman Hoekstra's refusal to accept the traditional U.S. Senate debates and his constant political attacks."

Stabenow had accepted debate invitations at the Detroit Economic Club and Grand Valley State University, which have held U.S. Senate debates in recent Michigan election cycles. Hoekstra said he wanted debates with more exposure.

Hoekstra responded with a comment issued through his campaign: "Michigan families should be appalled that Debbie Stabenow is attempting to cancel all debates." Hoekstra said "she clearly now feels that she can't defend her record."

Hoekstra plans to attend what his campaign called a health care debate in Lansing--but he likely will be the only candidate in attendance. Hoekstra said: "I will either debate her or an empty chair. It is her choice

Source: Michigan Live on 2012 Michigan Senate debates Oct 10, 2012

Peter Hoekstra: Accused of anti-Chinese racism in Super Bowl TV ad

Clark Durant said, "The Super Bowl ad reflected everything wrong with Washington and it will make it impossible for him to beat Debbie Stabenow. It demeaned people. It so demeaned people, the actress came out and asked for forgiveness for participating in Pete's ad."

Actress Lisa Chan, who portrayed the young Asian woman in the ad, apologized via Facebook last week for her role. Hoekstra did not address Clark's accusations or his television ad, which has since been replaced. Pete Hoekstra's Super Bowl advertisement featured a bike-riding Chinese woman thanking incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (called Spend-it-now in the promo) in broken English for helping support deficit spending that is aiding the Chinese economy. The ad received national criticism from both sides of the aisle.

Source: Petoskey News on 2012 Michigan Senate debate Feb 20, 2012

Rick Snyder: Refuses to answer political organizations' questionnaires

Q: Why did you decide not to fill out any questionnaires for endorsements from political organizations?

A: It's because I've decided to run an unconventional campaign that doesn't adhere to the traditional political norms and the status quo. My decisio to not take any special interest contributions is why we have also decided not to fill out any questionnaires from organizations looking to make a political endorsement in this election--regardless of intent, membership or their agenda. While there are many good groups that have very good goals, we have decided that the fair approach is to apply this policy across the board to all organizations without any exceptions. I am not making a negative evaluation of any organization or their members and I'm happy to discuss the substantive issues and concerns citizens have as I travel across the state. While it may not be the most politically convenient thing to do, it's important to me that I make a principled stand and stick by it.

Source: Campaign website,, "FAQ" Nov 2, 2010

Ron Paul: Only support GOP nominee if they end war & reduce spending

Q: Do you promise to support the nominee of the Republican Party next year?

PAUL: Not right now I don’t, not unless they’re willing to end the war and bring our troops home, not unless they’re willing to look at excessive spending.

MCCAIN: You don’t want me then, pal.

PAUL: No, I’m not going to support them if they continue down the path which has taken our party down the tubes. I mean, we’ve lost credibility because of all our spending, because we have violated the civil liberties of all the American people, and we have adopted the Democrats’ foreign policy. Why don’t we run on George Bush’s foreign policy of a humble foreign policy and no nation building and don’t police the world? Then I’ll support them.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Tom Tancredo: Won’t vote GOP if nominee is lesser of two evils

Q: Would you pledge now to support the nominee of your party?

A: I am absolutely tired and sick and tired of being forced to go to the polls and say I’m going to make this choice between the lesser of two evils. I really don’t intend to do that again. I am hoping, of course, that whoever we nominate will be the principal flag carrier for the Republican Party, but if that is not the case, no, then I will not.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Debbie Stabenow: A clear choice against failed Bush policies

There’s a clear choice [in this election] - my opponent supports the failed policies of the Bush Administration. I support a clear choice and a new way. [My campaign is] about results I’ve gotten for you and your family and the critical fight ahead.
Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: 8-point plan: Renewing Michigan’s Economy

Renewing Michigan’s economy is about the future. It’s about letting each of our citizens utilize his or her God given talents free of unnecessary government interference in the form of burdensome taxes and regulations to reach his or her full potential. This, I believe, is government’s proper role in society.
    Eight-Point Plan To Get Results And Create Jobs
  1. Help Small Businesses Create More Jobs by Reducing Regulatory Burdens and Red Tape
  2. Fiscal Accountability to Curb Wasteful Spending and Improve the Economy
  3. More Money for Michigan’s Families, Less for Washington’s Big Spenders
  4. Restore Michigan’s Manufacturing Strength by Helping Reduce High Energy Costs
  5. Reform a Broken Legal System which Bankrupts Businesses
  6. Make Health Care More Affordable, Accessible, and Patient- Centered
  7. Keep America’s Manufacturers Competitive on the 21st Century Playing Field
  8. Retirement Security For Current and Future Generations
Source: Campaign booklet, “Renewing Michigan’s Economy” Sep 14, 2006

Bret McAtee: Running as US Taxpayers Party, also Constitution Party

My name is Bret Lee McAtee and I am today formally declaring my candidacy to represent Michigan in the Senate of these United States of America. I intend to run for that office on the U.S. Taxpayers Party ticket, which is the Michigan affiliate of the Constitution Party.

Some ask me why a minister would want to enter into this senatorial race. The answer is that I desire to bear testimony to future generations, render respect to past generations, and to provide challenge to our present generation.

Source: Declaration of Candidacy For Michigan US Senate Jan 1, 2006

Bret McAtee: Awaken benumbed people from their moral torpor

I believe there is a need to bear testimony to future generations by being one of many who seeks to ring the tocsin to awaken a slumbering and benumbed people from their religious, political and moral torpor.

I run for US Senate, in part, to communicate to my children and our children and generations yet unborn that there are never odds so long, nor challenges so large, nor wrongs so firmly established that excuse us from being faithful to the God of our Fathers.

Source: Declaration of Candidacy For Michigan US Senate Jan 1, 2006

Alan Keyes: Anything the government gives you destroys your liberty

People who call themselves Christians, who profess faith, who profess patriotism - we sat back and let it happen. We could make the difference, but we won’t take a stand. We could make a difference, but we won’t vote according to the moral conscience that God puts within us. Instead, we listen to people who say, “I’m gonna cut your taxes.” “I’m gonna give you more welfare.” “I’m gonna give you more jobs.” Anything the government gives you is just another link in the chains that destroy your liberty.
Source: Rally for the Ten Commandments, Hillsdale, Michigan Feb 7, 2004

John Engler: The “Next Michigan”: attitude for the future

My friends, it is not the Michigan way to look for someone else to follow or to wait for someone else to be bold. The Michigan way is to lead.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Michigan legislature Jan 31, 2001

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