Gubernatorial candidates outline stances on schools, marriage equality, fracking
The gubernatorial debate on Sunday between Michigan's governor Rick Snyder and congressman Mark Schauer was their first and only debate before the Nov. 4 elections.
Snyder claimed to be responsible for the state's economic turnaround while Schauer accused Snyder of cutting $1 billion in schools' education funds and increasing tuition rates. Snyder denied the claim.
According to a Detroit Free Press Fact Check, universities have seen their state funding cut seven times. However, Snyder's 2014 budget has a 6.1 percent funding increase.
In the environmental discussion, a member of the audience at Wayne State University asked the governors about their stance on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
"In Michigan we do fracking right," Snyder said.
On the other hand, Schauer said he would never sacrifice the environment for jobs.
When asked about marriage equality in the state of Michigan, Schauer said he supports marriage equality while Snyder said he would leave it to the federal courts to decide the matter.
After the debate, Schauer avoided his media scrum relying on U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Michigan democratic senator Gretchen Whitmer to speak on his behalf.