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Democrats hold Voter Mobilization event in Lansing

Tracy Samilton
Michigan Radio

At least there were loaner umbrellas.

Democrats did not cancel their outdoor voter mobilization event in Lansing Monday night, despite heavy rain that began pouring down a few minutes after it began. Attendance was strictly limited, with nearly as many reporters as Democratic officials, operatives and voters.

Speakers included U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, who implored voters to make sure her Democratic colleague, Gary Peters, does not lose his seat to Republican John James, who would "cancel every vote I make," she said, on issues like keeping and strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged voters to choose Democrats up and down the ballot.

"From the White House, to the state House, we've got to win these races," Whitmer said. "So if I can stand here with you today after the week I had last week, every one of us is tough enough to deliver this."

Whitmer was referring to an alleged terrorist kidnapping plot against her that was foiled by the FBI.

Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris' husband, Doug Emloff, capped off a day-long Michigan tour with a short speech at the event.

He said voters in Michigan need to get Joe Biden in the White House as President, and his wife as Vice President, in order to protect crucial rights,  like access to health insurance via the ACA.

"We know this is in stark contrast to Trump," he said, "who is right now trying to repeal the ACA , and kick people off their  insurance because they have pre-existing conditions, right now, during a pandemic! It's shameful!" 

At least the event was short. 

It ended before the lightning and thunder began.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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