Rudy Hobbs on Detroit, Bankruptcy and Michigan Democrats | the Candidate #MI14

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Every year, scores of congressional candidates visit the CQ Roll Call offices to meet with reporters and Contributing Editor Stuart Rothenberg. This feature, "The Candidate," will ask these congressional hopefuls five questions about their campaigns. Responses and questions have been edited and condensed.

The candidate: Michigan House Democratic Floor Leader Rudy Hobbs

The member: Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is running for Senate

The district: This is a heavily Democratic district that includes both suburban and urban Detroit. The August 2014 Democratic primary will most likely determine Peters' successor. In 2012, the 14th was the site of a heated member-versus-member race between Peters and Democrat Hansen Clarke.

The candidate's team: Michigan-based operatives Diana McBroom, Jamaine Dickens and Kristen Caswell. He is still assembling the rest of his team.

1. Have you talked to Hansen Clarke and do you have any insight into whether he's running?

I have not touched base with Hansen Clarke and I have very little insight into whether he is running.

2. Have you asked for Gary Peters' endorsement?

During the conversation where I shared with Congressman Peters that I wanted to run for the seat, I did ask for his endorsement at that time and understand that he's in a very sensitive situation right now with him running for U.S. Senate. So, I do understand that but I didn't want to miss the opportunity to at least let him know that I would be very grateful to have his endorsement.

3. If you are elected to Congress, how would you use that office to help Detroit's bankruptcy?

I'd really focus on: What does Detroit need? …

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