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One-on-one with Democratic senatorial candidate Debbie Stabenow

Posted: 8:44 PM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-07 15:58:19Z

Ahead of the Aug. 7 primary election, 7 Action News is sitting down with candidates for governor and U.S. Senate to learn more about them and their ideas.

We spoke with Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democratic candidate for US Senate.

Our interview will be posted soon.

Q: What doesn't the average person know about your interests and hobbies, who you are outside politics?

A: When I was growing up, 8 years of piano lessons. We actually put together a group, a band that would perform at rural churches. I also played guitar while attending MSU. 

Q: Mass shootings have made a major impact on our country in recent years. Where do you think we should make changes and what changes would you push for? School security? Mental health? Gun laws?

A: It starts with comprehensive background checks. We can also agree we need to cut down on who can buy military style assault weapons. We need to better address the issue of mental health, and find ways to make our schools safer. 

Q: Many families in Michigan have been impacted by illegal immigration. Where do you stand on the issue of illegal immigration and the crackdown by the Trump administration? 

A: No baby should ever be ripped from their mother at the border of the U.S. and then have a situation where we don’t know if we can reunite them. That’s horrifying to me.

Q: How will you work to ensure Michigan’s economy keeps growing, and jobs keep coming to our state?

A: I focus on what we can do to support our farmers. Whether it’s traditional farmers or in the Eastern Market. Entrepreneurs setting up their own shops in neighborhoods. I also support small business and defense contractors. We need specialized training for trade skills as well. 

Q: What can we do to help people in Michigan get the health care they need and can afford?

A: We need to tackle health care costs. It is the biggest thing I hear about from doctors and individuals. The cost of prescription drugs is too high. 

Q: What will be your biggest challenge in D.C. if re-elected?

A: I’m involved in bipartisan efforts. We need to show people that we understand their daily lives and focus on the things they care about.

Q: You are a political veteran in Washington D.C. How have you taken steps to avoid being influenced by lobbyists who make large donations and ask for special favors?

A: 98% of my contributions come from individuals and the majority of those from Michigan. I’m laser focused on Michigan and our families.