Tuesday, March 19, 2019

WXYZ, WDIV, and MSNBC cover O'Rourke and Gillibrand in Michigan

I previewed O'Rourke and Gillibrand visiting Michigan in early campaign stops yesterday.  Today, I'm following up with clips from WXYZ, WDIV, and MSNBC on both candidates' visits.  I begin with WXYZ's Democratic Presidential candidates come to southeast Michigan.

Democratic Presidential candidates Beto O'Rourke and Kirsten Gillibrand are appearing in metro Detroit today.
WXYZ did a good job of covering O'Rourke, but broadcast this segment before Gillibrand arrived.  WDIV captured both Gillibrand's appearance and the reaction to it in Presidential hopefuls in search of 2020 Democratic nomination trek across Metro Detroit.

The 2020 presidential race is on in Michigan.
I was wondering about Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stance.  Good to know she is just welcoming Democratic candidates, not endorsing them, at least for now.*

Gillibrand also recorded a town hall in Auburn Hills for MSNBC.  Follow over the jump for three clips from that.

"All In With Chris Hayes" opened the town hall with Kristen Gillibrand: 'On Guns, I Should Have Done More'.

During a town hall with Chris Hayes, Sen. K[ir]sten Gillibrand elaborates on her views on gun control, the opio[i]d crisis, and explain why she's running for president.
Hey, look, it's Lisa Brown in the audience at 2:27!  As for Gillibrand, she did a good job of addressing her record, which was more conservative when she was a U.S. Representative than now, when she is a U.S. Senator.

The town hall continued with Kirsten Gillibrand: 'There Is No Such Thing As An Illegal Human'.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in a town hall with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, talks about the challenges with the current rhetoric around border security and immigration.
Looks like Gillibrand also thinks the border wall is "the national emergency we didn't need."

Finally, Gillibrand responded to the elephant in the room (no, not Trump — she did that in the previous clip) when she addressed the Al Franken controversy.

Sen. Gillibrand answers a questions about the Al Franken scandal, and addresses her role in calling for his resignation from the Senate.
I have to give Gillibrand credit for having a coherent response to critics like my wife and me of her role in Al Franken's resignation.  I'm less mad at her.  I'm still not voting for her in the Michigan primary next year.

Stay tuned for the final post of the eighth year of this blog, which will be about Purim on the Vernal Equinox.

*I plan on covering Trump's visit next week, although I might focus on the protests, as I have in the past.

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