During debate El-Sayed attacks Whitmer for taking corporate money

Democrats running for Michigan governor have held their second and final televised debate weeks before the Aug. 7 primary.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Democrats running for Michigan governor have held their second and final televised debate weeks before the Aug. 7 primary.

Abdul El-Sayed and Gretchen Whitmer sparred Thursday night over the influence of corporate money in politics.

El-Sayed accuses Whitmer of using "Republican gimmicks" because an allied outside group airing pro-Whitmer ads can use "unlimited corporate money" and has not disclosed its donors. Whitmer counters that El-Sayed -- who rejects corporate political action donations -- has received $170,000 in donations from corporate executives, and "you can't be half-pregnant on this one."

The sharp exchange punctuated a debate in which the candidates, including businessman Shri Thanedar, answered questions about business taxes, roads, tariffs and abortion rights.

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