James rips 'ineffective' Stabenow; she links him to Trump

Published 10-14-2018

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Republican John James on Sunday attacked Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, calling her an ineffective, lifelong politician who too often votes with her party, and Stabenow touted herself as a get-it-done policymaker and criticized James as a cheerleader for President Donald Trump's agenda.

Stabenow, who is seeking a fourth term and has led comfortably in polls, and James traded barbs in their first debate before the November election.

"She's a very nice lady. But in time, I believe that she's grown ineffective, she's grown hyperpartisan and she's lost a bit of credibility," said James, a business executive and combat veteran who repeatedly pointed to Stabenow's 43 years in elective office, nearly half in Washington, and accused her of not adequately addressing problems such as immigration reform, aging infrastructure and student loan debt.

Stabenow, in turn, noted "incredibly divisive" and "tough" times in the country's capital as one reason that voters should re-elect her during the televised debate at GVSU Public Media in Grand Rapids.

"This is not the moment for inexperience. This is the moment for folks that have relationships, that have the experience and the seniority and a proven track record against all the odds that they can get something done," she said, pointing to her work to enact farm bills, protect the Great Lakes and - most recently - stop health insurers from prohibiting pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions.

Stabenow cited James' support from and support for Trump, who has had low favorability and job approval ratings among likely Michigan voters.

"He says he's for President Trump's agenda 2,000 percent. I'm for Michigan 2,000 percent," she said.

The two will meet for their second, final debate on Monday at the Detroit Economic Club.

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"He says he's for President Trump's agenda 2,000 percent. I'm for Michigan 2,000 percent," she said.

The two will meet for their second, final debate on Monday at the Detroit Economic Club.

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