Second Gubernatorial Debate Set for Tonight

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette will again face off in a debate set for 8 p.m.

The debate will be hosted by WDIV studios in Detroit, where anchors Kimberly Gill and Devin Scillian will moderate. Accordingly, the debate can be viewed on WDIV’s metro-Detroit television station, channel 4, or through the news organization’s livestream.

WDIV said the debate is also being broadcast by its statewide partner stations in other markets – though it was not immediately clear if that was on television or by livestream – including:

Whitmer and Schuette last debated in Grand Rapids at the WOODTV studio on October 12. A review of that debate can be found here, where the topics ranging from Medicaid expansion to public schools, infrastructure and sexual assault, are covered.  It was not immediately known which topics are expected to be covered tonight.

A group of Southeast Michigan youth will hold a press event outside of the gubernatorial debate at 6 p.m. to ask candidates to take a stand against “corporate welfare and the school-to-prison pipeline,” according to a media advisory. The group had invited the candidates to a student-led debate, which Whitmer expressed interest in if Schuette vowed to attend. However, Schuette had yet to respond, the group said.

Tonight’s debate will be the gubernatorial candidates’ last televised debate before the November 6 election, though the two will appear together next week at Motor City Casino Hotel for an event hosted by the Detroit Economic Club. Ticket information for that event, slated to begin at noon on October 31, can be found here.

Danielle Emerson

Danielle Emerson