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Long Time Political Commentator & EMU Prof Talks About The Mich Impact In 1st Presidential Debate

Ed Sidlow
Eastern Michigan University

There has been much reaction to the Tuesday night presidential debate where Michigan was brought up several times.


WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with long-time political commentator and Eastern Michigan University professor of American politics Ed Sidlow about the role Michigan played in the debate and the upcoming presidential election.

Eastern Michigan University professor of American politics and longtime political commentator Ed Sidlow has been teaching and talking about politics for over 40 years.  He says the first presidential debate of the 2020 election is unlike anything he's ever seen.  He says President Trump took "a shot across the bow" at Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer when he said living in Michigan was like living in prison, due to health advisories issued by the governor during our current pandemic.  Sidlow said both candidates talked about the auto industry, making some comments that were not necessarily completely accurate.

The EMU professor said he did not think President Trump's questions about the security of mail-in votes will impact voter's decision to cast their ballots that way.  He commented on whether or not Michigan is an important swing state in the upcoming  presidential election, believing Joe Biden has a pretty strong lead at this time.

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Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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