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

Published 10-15-2018

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Republican John James attacked Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan as an ineffective, lifelong politician who too often votes with her party, while she touted herself as a get-it-done policymaker and criticized him 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 Sunday in their first debate before November's election.

James, a business executive and combat veteran, said Stabenow is a "very nice lady" who has grown ineffective and hyperpartisan. She said she has helped to enact farm bills, protect the Great Lakes and ensure consumers know when it would be cheaper to pay cash than to use insurance for their prescriptions.

The televised debate was hosted by WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids.

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This story has been corrected to show that the station where the debate was held was WGVU, not GVSU.

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