The race for governor between "One Tough Nerd" and "America's Angriest Mayor" has begun. Democratic nominee Virg Bernero spent most of the Wednesday in private meetings. Meanwhile, Republican nominee Rick Snyder began courting the support of G.O.P. voters who did not support him in the primary.
Rick Snyder was greeted with a standing ovation at a post-primary unity luncheon sponsored by G.O.P. leaders. Snyder won the nomination with a commanding 40 percent of the vote in a five-way race. He attracted a lot of independents and non-traditional Republicans.
Now Synder wants to bring the 60 percent who supported other, more conservative candidates into his tent. Conservative groups launched an effort late in the campaign to block Snyder's bid for the nomination because they don't like his views on abortion, embryonic stem cell research and same-sex civil unions.
Snyder is opposed to abortion, with some exceptions. He favors embryonic stem cell research, and would allow same-sex civil unions. But he says social conservatives should not focus on their disagreements.
"That's where people are spending too much time," he says. "The key issue here is jobs - more and better jobs. We've got to get this economy working again."
Snyder says a better economy also addresses a lot of social problems.