LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appears to be trying to shore-up voter support after what some say was a lackluster performance at last week’s first gubernatorial debate.

On Monday, she announced that $30 million in grant scholarships are now available to for local law enforcement agencies to hire more police officers. According to a press release, the funding covers  basic law enforcement training academy costs and recruit salaries.

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Whitmer’s move comes after her “defund the police” comments and record on law enforcement support surfaced in last week’s debate. Although Whitmer tried to steer the direction of the debate away from her record, GOP challenger Tudor Dixon pointed out a June 2020 interview where Whitmer stated she supports “the spirit of defund the police.”

“It must be so embarrassing for the governor that it’s actually on tape that she said she supports the spirit of ‘defund the police,’” Dixon said. “That’s the truth. I’m not short on facts. In fact, when she didn’t get her gas tax increase, she decided to then veto funding for our road patrols.”

Dixon has rolled out a $1 billion plan to support law enforcement if she’s elected.

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After the debate last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer laughed when a reporter asked her if she would want President Joe Biden to campaign with her. Perhaps that is why former President Barack Obama will visit Michigan on October 29, four days after the second and final gubernatorial debate.

Michigan voters will head to the polls on November 8.