Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land said today she was still considering whether to mount a challenge to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, in the 2012 election, but said she would wait until former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Battle Creek, decides whether to run, which is expected by the end of this month.
“He’d made a great candidate,” Land said after a speech by Stabenow at the Detroit Economic Club in Southfield. “He needs to make that decision.”
Land said she was “90 percent sure” that she wouldn’t enter the race if Hoekstra said.
“His name ID’s higher. He’d make a great Senate candidate.”
Land, who sat on the dais a few seats from Stabenow, said she wanted to hear more specifics about the upcoming vote to raise the federal debt limit from Michigan’s junior senator. “That’s the real issue out there,” she said. “It’s time to pick a fight. We have to make those decisions.”
Many fiscal conservatives want more concessions on cutting spending before they will support another increase in the debt limit. The government could default on its obligations by July without action by Congress to raise the limit.
Land did praise Stabenow’s appearance. “She looks great,” she said.