Trump makes the call: Republicans Schuette, James are 'Trump guys'

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News
President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has backed up his endorsements by making a robo call for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful John James and gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette, calling them "Trump guys."

The robo call from the president went out Monday morning to Republican voters and follows the president's tweet last week when to praised James, a Farmington Hills businessman, over Grosse Pointe financier and GOP opponent Sandy Pensler. It also comes a day before Tuesday's primary election. 

Schuette, the two-termed state attorney general, has stuck close to the president, visiting him recently at the White House and showing his strong support for his policies.

"I need you to vote for both, they are very important to our great agenda," Trump said in the call. "John James is truly the real deal, he will be a star. John is a West Point grad, who served in Iraqi Freedom and came home to Michigan to run a small business and create jobs.

"He’s already served his country oversees and now we need him serving us in the senate because Debbie Stabenow has been a complete and total disaster for Michigan she votes against everything that we don’t want."

Trump called Stabenow "weak on the border, weak on crime, doesn’t go for the military in anyway shape or form and our vets really need much better health than she can provide." The 66-year-old Lansing Democrat is running for a third term.

Schuette, the president said, is going to be a great governor "because if you look at him and all he's done it's been amazing." Michigan's attorney general has been touting his experience that has included being a member of Congress, a state appeals judge and a state senator.

"He’s sued the Obama administration to protect Michigan workers and I’ve been working with Bill, right here in the White House, to stop human trafficking and so many other things," Trump said on the call.

"He’s always there for the people of Michigan. Bill Schuette is a real conservative and he’s Michigan tough, we need him to be your next governor."

Schuette faces Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who is endorsed by Gov. Rick Snyder, as well as state Sen. Pat Colbeck of Canton Township and Saginaw obstetrician Jim Hines.

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