GOP candidates speak about their thoughts on the 2020 election

Michigan Primary Election is August 2

Each candidate has a different opinion on the important topics that Michiganders care about. So far within the campaigns, former president Donald Trump has not endorsed a GOP candidate.

Local 4 is asking the Michigan GOP candidates the same questions ahead of the Michigan Primary Election.

Each candidate has a different opinion on the important topics that Michiganders care about. So far within the campaigns, former president Donald Trump has not endorsed a GOP candidate.

Therefore on Wednesday, Local4 asked about what some would classify as a controversial topic. The 2020 presidential election.

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Below are the responses the candidates had to the following question:

Q: Was the 2020 election stolen?

Tudor Dixon

“I think we have to look back at what happened with our Secretary of State and say this was outrageous that she was able to do this. And then a judge came out and said that these things were unlawful and we’re not going back and saying, well, we need laws in place to make sure that she can’t do these things again.”

Kevin Rinke

“I voted for Donald Trump, and I’m proud of it. And I like his policies, and most Americans miss them today. And our country would be safer. But I’m a linear thinker, and I’m one of those guys that just because I feel like something was wrong. Doesn’t mean that it is wrong. And I’m hoping that they prove it. But I just haven’t seen the data.”

Ryan Kelley

“The answer is that yes, absolutely. What we see here in Michigan, is it’s a disgrace and it’s an embarrassment that has never been investigated fully. And it’s continued to, you know, be brushed under the rug and called baseless claims.”

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Garrett Soldano

“If you ever seen the documentary ‘2000 Mules’, there’s video evidence of shenanigans going on behind the scene of people dropping off mass applications or mass ballots, right. And we don’t know if those were President Biden or President Trump votes, do we? But those mules which they call them should be brought in and investigated because no one should ever, ever interfere with our election process and that’s why i feel it is a bipartisan issue.”

Ralph Rebandt

“Rod, I’m convinced that it was. I was at the TCF Center the day after the election when the Detroit Police Department wasn’t letting people in... Republicans or Independents. I saw mail-in ballots that had not ever been folded. I asked myself how does that happen? I look at the movie ‘2000 mules’ and I know they didn’t go the next step to do the investigation as to who they are.”

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About the Authors:

Rod Meloni is an Emmy Award-winning Business Editor on Local 4 News and a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional.

Elizabeth Washington is a Digital News Editor and has been with Local 4 News since April 2022.