Since March of 2015, Clinton’s favorable rating in Michigan has dropped by 15 points and her unfavorable rating has jumped 15 points according to a survey of 600 likely general election voters conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG). In April of 2015, 45 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Clinton and 44 percent viewed her unfavorably. In September her favorable rating went down to 30 percent and her unfavorable rating climbed to 59 percent.
With this change in her perception, Clinton now trails both Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina 39 percent to 40 percent. Clinton leads Donald Trump 43 percent to 40 percent despite Trump’s abysmal favorable rating of only 28 percent and unfavorable of 56 percent.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land launched a full-on attack Wednesday on the Detroit Free Press and decided to decline the state’s largest newspaper’s invitation for an interview with its Editorial Board as part of its endorsement process.
Last Friday, Ms. Land made clear she was upset with a column the Free Press published from Brian Dickerson that castigated her performance on the Michigan Public Radio Network’s “Michigan Calling” program. In that column, Mr. Dickerson blasted Ms. Land’s effort for most of this campaign to avoid tough questions about the issues and said she has been “about as accessible up to this point in her campaign as a music video diva recovering from plastic surgery.”
In one representative example, Sam Inglot of far-left group Progress Michigan created a“Terri Lynn Land drinking game” that calls on participants listening to the program to “Drink when she says ‘I’m a mom’ or ‘The President needs to lead.’”
“How many times are you going to mention that you’re a mom?” Hugh Madden, another Progress Michigan activist, added in a tweet.
During her answers to two questions in an hour long interview on Michigan Public Radio where she took questions from callers statewide, Land noted how “I’m a mom” and how she has two kids. The first time she did it was in the context of how she was worried about “the safety and security of our country.”
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 6, 2014 – Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have been trying to distract voters from their “Lie of the Year” that cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care. Their support for Obamacare also hurt seniors as the law cut more than $700 billion from Medicare.
“Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have some serious questions to answer about their support for Obamacare,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. “The ‘Lie of the Year’ not only cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care, but it will also hurt our seniors by limiting their access to high-quality care. It’s clear Gary Peters and Mark Schauer don’t care about Michigan’s middle-class families and seniors who are suffering.”
Democrats have won the last two Senate elections by 30 and 20 points, respectively. Land seemed to be riding a wave of support in 2013, emerging with steady leads late in the year, but after a poor performance at a June candidates’ forum and a steady stream of attack ads financed by Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.), radical environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer, and unions, Land now trails Peters by 6.5 points, according to Real Clear Politics.
Terri Lynn Land’s decision to debate Gary Peters in the U.S. Senate race could be a capitulation to pressure from a media that has dubbed her a stealth candidate for not committing earlier to a face-off.
Or maybe it’s a crafty move in a campaign strategy from a candidate who’s savvier than than the former two-term secretary of state is being depicted.
Land never said she wouldn’t debate Peters, the Democratic congressman and her opponent in the contest. She just dodged the question.
Meanwhile, she’s been working for months with a team of experts to fortify her knowledge of both foreign and domestic issues likely to come up in a debate. She’s also been training to improve her comfort level in front of the camera.