Whitmer, Dixon spar over abortion, gun control and pandemic in debate

Grand Rapids —Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her Republican challenger, Tudor Dixon, laid out to voters their positions on a range of issues in a fast-paced debate Thursday night over pandemic policies, the state’s economy, school safety, abortion rights and tax relief.

The hour-long televised debate marked the first time in state history that two female nominees for governor from the majority parties shared a debate stage together. It was contentious throughout, as Dixon critiqued Whitmer’s record as the state’s chief executive and the incumbent repeatedly said her opponent was not truthful.

The two women immediately fielded questions on their stances on abortion, almost four months after the U.S. Supreme Court upended a half-century of abortion rights at the national level and while Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban remains blocked from being enforced by judges in the Michigan Court of Claims and Oakland County Circuit Court.

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