EAST LANSING, MI – Republican nominee for governor Rick Snyder's campaign bus rolls through northern and western Michigan on Monday. Snyder and the rest of the ticket is stumping for votes following a brutal GOP convention in East Lansing this past weekend that often pitted insurgent tea party delegates against the Republican establishment.
Snyder says a rough convention did not alter his campaign strategy of focusing on jobs and the economy, and appealing to independents and Democrats for votes.
DETROIT – The Michigan Democratic Party Convention wrapped up in Detroit on Sunday. Democratic candidate for governor Virg Bernero and his running mate Brenda Lawrence used much of their closing speeches to stress their campaign theme of the importance of Main Street over Wall Street.
Bernero says his opponent, Republican candidate Rick Snyder, is representative of moneyed interests.
By Laura Weber, Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
DETROIT/LANSING – The Michigan Republican and Democratic parties held conventions over the weekend to finalize their tickets and come together after contested primaries. As we hear in two reports, both parties face challenges going forward. Republicans have to deal with a tea party insurgency in their ranks, and Democrats intend to run against the status quo in Lansing.
The first big test of the Tea Party's clout in the Michigan Republican Party comes this weekend at the state GOP convention in East Lansing . As Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports, tea party activists say their goal is to act as a watchdog from the inside the Republican Party.
Democratic candidate for governor Virg Bernero has chosen Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence as his running mate. As the Michigan Public Radio Network's Laura Weber reports, Bernero intends to announce the choice tomorrow in Detroit.
AUDIO: Sources close to the campaign say Bernero has asked Lawrence to be his running mate, though the formal announcement will come as Democrats prepare to open their state convention in Detroit this weekend.