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

Former President Barack Obama joked about the previous role of Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon in a horror film while campaigning in the key Rust Belt state on Saturday.

Before the midterms, Democrats recruited Obama — one of the party’s most popular figures — for candidate campaigns in contested states like Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin, hoping to lure Democratic voters to the polls. On Saturday, he delivered a speech in support of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who was first elected in 2018 and faces a close election.

During the Detroit rally, he compared Whitmer and Dixon by reading two headlines The Detroit News—One of these references the Trump-backed Dixon character in a 2009 horror film being eaten by zombies.

“I’m going to read you two headlines. Both off The Detroit News. One says, “Whitmer signs an order aimed at reducing insulin costs in Michigan.” Those are actual headlines,” he said. “Second headline. “Michigan governor hopeful Tudor Dixon gets eaten by zombies in gory horror film.” I don’t really have anything else to say. It’s up to you, whoever you think is the better choice.”

According to the Bridge Michigan news agency, Dixon previously starred in several films, including the horror film Buddy BeBop vs the walking dead. In this film, her character was eaten by a zombie. Democrats have attacked Dixon for appearing in this and other films they said involve “Gore and other actors in sexual scenes” to counter Dixon’s claims that schools provide “sexually explicit material” to students.

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

“I have to say — the zombie movie’s plot is probably more believable than what Governor Whitmer’s opponents think happened in the last election,” the former president said.

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

Obama quotes Tudor Dixon's zombie article
Above are former President Barack Obama and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a rally in Detroit on Saturday. During his speech, Obama joked about GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon’s role in a horror film in which her character was eaten by a zombie.
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“They bring up movies that were – obviously – made for adults,” she said, according to Bridge Michigan. “These are not films that are in any way pornographic.”

In a statement, Dixon said news week on Saturday that Whitmer refused to “say that pornographic material should not be in our schools for children”.

“Gretchen Whitmer is panicking after being exposed as a failed governor and completely unable to defend her record. Not even this last-minute fly from Obama can erase all the lies and broken promises she told the people of Michigan,” she said.

What polls say about Michigan’s gubernatorial race

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

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

An October 12–14 Emerson College poll of 580 likely voters found Whitmer led by 5 points and garnered 49 percent support, compared to Dixon’s 44 percent.

Abortion has become one of the top issues in the controversial race, with Whitmer pledging to support reproductive rights. However, Dixon has spoken out against abortion rights even in rape cases. Meanwhile, Republicans have knocked on Whitmer’s door over her COVID-19 policies, which they say have slowed Michigan’s economy.

While Obama supported Whitmer, Dixon received support from former President Donald Trump, who backed her campaign during the GOP primary. Trump – who narrowly won Michigan by 0.3 points in 2016 before losing the state in 2020 – held 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. Barack Obama cites article about GOP’s Tudor Dixon being eaten by zombies

Rick Schindler

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