Barack Obama quotes article about GOP’s Tudor Dixon being eaten by zombies

Former President Barack Obama joked about Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon’s past role in a horror movie while campaigning in the key Rust Belt state on Saturday.

Ahead of the midterm elections, Democrats recruited Obama – one of the party’s most popular people – to campaign for candidates in battleground states such as Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin in the US. hope to attract Democratic voters to the polls. On Saturday, he delivered a speech in support of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, first elected in 2018 and facing a close election.

At the rally in Detroit, he compared Whitmer and Dixon by reading two headlines from The Detroit News—one of which references the Trump-backed Dixon character in a 2009 horror film eaten by zombies.

“I’m going to read you two titles. Both from The Detroit News. One says “Whitmer signs prescription to cut insulin costs in Michigan.” These are real titles,” he said. “Second title. “Michigan Governor Hope Tudor Dixon Eaten by Zombies in Gory Horror Movie.” In fact, I have nothing else to say. It’s up to you, which one you think is the best choice.”

According to the media Bridge Michigan, Dixon has already starred in several films, including the horror film Buddy BeBop against the walking dead. In this film, his character was eaten by a zombie. Democrats have attacked Dixon for starring in this and other films, which they say involve “gory actors and other actors in sexual scenes”, trying to counter Dixon’s claim that schools provide students with “sexually explicit material”.

Obama also joked that the film’s plot was “more believable” than the GOP’s unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, which Dixon has repeated in the past.

“I will say that the story of the zombie movie is probably more believable than what Governor Whitmer’s opponents think of what happened in the last election,” the former president said.

Dixon dismissed criticism of these films, saying they were for adults, not children.

Above, former President Barack Obama and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are seen at a rally in Detroit on Saturday. During his speech, Obama joked about playing GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon in a horror movie in which his character was eaten by a zombie.
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“They’re about movies that were made – obviously – for adults,” she said, according to Bridge Michigan. “These are in no way pornographic films.”

In a statement, Dixon said Newsweek Saturday that Whitmer refuses “to say that pornographic material should not be in our children’s schools”.

“Gretchen Whitmer is freaking out because she has been exposed as a failing governor and is completely unable to defend her record. Even this last minute Obama plane can’t erase all the lies and broken promises she told the people of Michigan,” she said.

What the polls say about Michigan’s gubernatorial race

With less than two weeks to go until the midterm elections, Whitmer is seen as having a slight lead over Dixon in the swing state narrowly won by President Joe Biden in 2020. Whitmer has built a national profile during the COVID-19 pandemic. 19, with its response to the virus hailed by Democrats, but attacked by Republicans.

A Cygnal poll conducted Oct. 23-27 of 1,822 likely voters found Whitmer leading by about 7 percentage points, winning 51 percent of respondents’ support to Dixon’s 46 percent.

An Oct. 12–14 Emerson College poll of 580 likely voters found Whitmer leading by 5 points, winning 49 percent support to Dixon’s 44 percent.

Abortion became one of the main issues in the controversial race, with Whitmer pledging to support reproductive rights. Dixon, however, opposed the right to abortion, even in cases of rape. Meanwhile, Republicans have hit out at Whitmer for his COVID-19 policies, which they say have slowed Michigan’s economy.

While Obama has proven to support Whitmer, Dixon has received support from former President Donald Trump, who backed his campaign in the GOP primary. Trump — who narrowly won Michigan by 0.3 points in 2016 before losing the state in 2020 — staged a rally for Dixon earlier this month.

Obama won Michigan by 16 points in 2008 and nearly 10 points in 2012. In 2020, Biden won the state by about 3 points.


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