If you missed this week's Michigan Matters with Carol Cain on CBS62 TV, the three Republican Senate candidates offered up some candid responses to Cain's questions.
Here's a summary Cain supplied to me:
regret over his controversial Super Bowl ad that backfired on
him with its surprising stereotyping of Asians.
Durant said recent
media reports about his pay at Cornerstone Schools are flat-out
inaccurate. He also explained more about his history with the school.
Hekman, said God
inspired him to run.
insisted the stories about his Cornerstone pay only reinforce how concerned
Democrats are about having incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow run against him.
“I am closing the gap
and a recent Rasmussen poll shows I am down by only 9 points (against
Stabenow),” said Durant. “The Democrats are trying to get rid of me. They’d
rather go up against Hoekstra than an outsider who will take them on on things
like jobs and regulation.”
Hekman, father of 12
children, talked about how his campaign differed from the expensive efforts by Durant and Hoekstra.
“We have put 70,000
miles on our car,” said Hekman, explaining how he and his wife, Marcia, have criss-crossed the state.
When asked about
his lack of campaign cash, Hekman conceded: “I was raising good money until Hoekstra got in.”
said he would not have entered the race if Hoekstra had said he was running when
they first talked about the Senate contest.
explained that, at that time he was battle
weary following his 2010 bid for governor (he came in second to Rick
Snyder int he GOP primary).
“I kept hearing from
people,” Hoekstra added. “I looked around and saw what was going on. ... The
voting record of Stabenow ... the high unemployment and the devastating economy.”
“And the end of the
day, Diane (his wife) and I reflected and we decided to get in,” said the former congressman.
can access the full show, which aired at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, online at