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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Praises Gary as a Champion for Michigan Women and Middle Class Families

Press Release

Joins Sen. Debbie Stabenow, 12th District Candidate Debbie Dingell, in Calling Gary the Only Candidate Michigan Women & Families Can Trust

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today rallied support for Gary, praising him as an outstanding advocate for women and middle class families in Michigan and across the country.

At a campaign event for Gary, Senators Warren and Stabenow along with Congressional Candidate Debbie Dingell outlined why he is the only candidate Michigan women and middle class families can count on to fight for them in the U.S. Senate. They also criticized his opponent's anti-middle class agenda -- from opposing equal pay and outlawing abortion without exception to putting up barriers between women and their doctors -- to illustrate why she cannot be trusted.

Senator Warren said, "The U.S. Senate needs more fighters like Gary Peters who are willing to stand up for women. It already has enough backward-looking extremists trying to block equal pay efforts while they support dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Hobby Lobby. I've also seen up close how Gary Peters has fought to level the playing field for middle class families through his work on the House Financial Services Committee to protect the new consumer agency and how hard he works to hold Wall Street banks accountable, so I know he will be the kind of fighter that we need in Washington."

Senator Stabenow said, "Gary is a fighter, and he won't back down. I need a partner in the Senate who will stand by my side and fight for Michigan women and their families. Whether it's making sure that women can make their own health care decisions or finally guaranteeing equal pay for equal work, I know that Gary shares the priorities and the values that are right for Michigan."

Gary is a proven fighter for equal pay and women's health care. One of the first votes he took in Washington was to help pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He helped introduce new efforts to close the gender pay gap and will fight to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act in the U.S. Senate. In addition, Gary has voted against every partisan attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and cut access to mammograms and cancer screenings. Unlike his opponent, Gary slammed the Hobby Lobby ruling. He believes that employers should not make private health care decisions for their employees.

Gary said, "It's an honor to have the support of Senator Warren and Michigan leaders like Senator Stabenow and Debbie Dingell for the grassroots campaign we are building together. When it comes to the future for Michigan and our middle class, the contrast in this race could not be more clear nor the stakes higher. I will continue to fight for the values we share as Michiganders, helping to rebuild our economy and a strong middle class, ensuring that women are not discriminated against in the workplace, that they have access to the health care they need, and at the end of the day folks can retire with dignity. My opponent supports an agenda that would turn back the clock on my daughters and yours and we cannot afford to have her backward vision for our state and our middle class."

Dingell said, "Among the issues that concern me most is the shrinking middle class, and the fact that too many people are working harder and making less money with increasing costs in all aspects of their lives. Those are issues Gary and I will continue fighting for, him in the Senate and me in the House."