Mike Cox Highlights Plan to Cut Spending, Cut Taxes in New Statewide TV Ad

LANSING, MI— The Mike Cox 2010 campaign today unveiled its latest statewide television commercial, titled “The Mike Cox Plan.”

The advertisement, debuting across Michigan today on broadcast and cable television, highlights Mike Cox’s plan to cut wasteful government spending by $4 billion and to cut taxes on job makers and families by $2 billion.

“The Mike Cox Plan will restore jobs and put Michigan back in business, providing a better future for Michigan families,” the ad says.

Mike Cox is the only candidate willing to discuss real solutions to the real problems facing Michigan—out-of-control spending and taxes—and to lay out $4 billion in tough, specific state government spending cuts and $2 billion in tax cuts he will make as governor.

“Michigan’s economy won’t turn the corner until state government finally tightens its belt the way families across the state have been tightening theirs,” said Cox.  “Cutting wasteful government spending and cutting taxes will be my first priority as governor so entrepreneurs and working families can keep more of their hard earned tax dollars and use them to create jobs and grow the economy.”

As Attorney General, Cox has demonstrated his ability to do more with less.  Cox has made the tough choices, cutting spending across his department, from closing offices to slashing printing budgets.  Cox has also battled to prevent recent pay increases for state employees at a time when many Michigan families are dealing with pay cuts or layoffs.  Additionally, Cox gave back 5 percent of his own pay.

For more information on Mike Cox’s campaign for Governor, to review his 92-point plan or to view the new television commercial, please visit www.mikecox2010.com or call the campaign office today at (734) 525-5035.

Cox Tough Enough to Address State’s Jobs, Leadership Deficit

What is Cox’s 5200?

In 2002, Mike Cox won the closest statewide race in Michigan. Out of 3.1 million votes, Cox won by 5,200. Cox’s victory is a testament to the power of the individual.

Be a leader: As one of “Cox’s 5200″, you will be a leader with the Mike Cox 2010 campaign. You will be on the frontlines of communicating the message of the Cox campaign, building the ground organization and most importantly—turning people out to vote on election day!

Get out the Vote: Every member of “Cox’s 5200″ will be responsible for getting voters to the polls next August and November.

Through recruitment and sign-up, 5,200 people will take on the responsibility of being one of Cox’s Team 5200 leaders. Among other responsibilities, leaders will be responsible for getting anywhere from 10 to 100 people to the polls on election day and will be recognized for their hard work in support for the candidate.

5,200 leaders will be the bedrock of the Mike Cox 2010 grassroots program. We need your help to turn Michigan around! Join Cox’s 5200 today!

Mike Huckabee Endorses Mike Cox for Michigan Governor

One of Americas most respected conservative leaders, former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee today formally endorsed Mike Cox in the 2010 race for Governor.

Huckabee: “Mike Cox best described as Michigan’s Pro-Life, Pro-gun conservative candidate for Governor”

LIVONIA, MI– One of America’s most respected conservative leaders, former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee today formally endorsed Mike Cox in the 2010 race for Governor.

“Mike Cox is best described as Michigan’s Pro-Life, Pro-gun conservative candidate for Governor,” said Huckabee. “Mike is an innovative, strong leader who is not afraid to take a stand on an important issue. He is opposed to the runaway tax and spend policies we are seeing at the federal and state levels.”

Cox’s message of less spending, lower taxes and reformed government has set him apart in Michigan’s race for Governor. Cox recently drew a crowd of 1,200 families, activists and community leaders to a Rally for Michigan’s Future in Oakland County and hundreds more last weekend to the Grand Opening of his campaign headquarters in Livonia.

“Mike Huckabee is one of our nation’s most respected leaders,” said Cox. “Mike Huckabee continues to fight for more liberty and less government. I am proud to have his support and am honored he is standing beside me as we fight to bring jobs back to Michigan.”

Cox announced Huckabee’s endorsement first today via social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, U-Stream and conservative bloggers across Michigan.

Huckabee has been called an early frontrunner for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination scoring well in many polls including last November’s Gallup-USA Today poll. Mike Huckabee polled ahead of President Obama as recently as January 2010.

“Mike Cox has also fought hard to protect Second Amendment rights in Michigan,” Huckabee continued. “I am proud to endorse Mike Cox for Governor of Michigan.”

Cox is the only candidate for Governor to release a comprehensive 92 point plan to put Michigan back to work, including proposals to cut billions of dollars out of the state budget, cut taxes on job providers and families by $2 billion, make government more transparent, reform education, and revitalize our cities. The plan is available at www.mikecox2010.com.

The Mike Cox 2010 Campaign also recently announced that it raised $1.8 million in 2009 – with roughly $1.5 million cash on hand. The funds came from over 2,500 individual donors – with roughly 1,000 of the contributors donating less than $100.

For more information on Mike Cox’s campaign for Governor, please visit www.mikecox2010.com or call the campaign office today at 734-525-5035.

About Gov. Mike Huckabee: Prior to his 2008 presidential campaign, Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007 and as the state’s lieutenant governor from 1993-1996. As a young adult, he served as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas. Huckabee’s efforts to improve his own health have received national attention. He is the author of 6 books, the most recent being “Do the Right Thing,” which spent its first 7 weeks of release in the top ten of the New York Times Bestseller list. He is currently the host of the top rated weekend hit “HUCKABEE” on the Fox News Channel, and is heard three times daily across the nation on the “Huckabee Report.” Huckabee and his wife, Janet, live in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They have three grown children: John Mark, David and Sarah.

Cox Releases His Top 10 NFL Fantasy Football Picks

LIVONIA, MI— As NFL training camps open across the country and Michigan residents prepare for their Fantasy Football drafts, Mike Cox today released his Top-10 Fantasy picks for the 2010 NFL season.

“The only thing I’m looking forward to as much as the Election these days is the start of the NFL season,” said Cox.  “Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Western Michigan University’s Tony Scheffler are giving Lions fans a reason to believe this year but if more than one of them is in the top ten on your fantasy draft board, you’re reaching.”

Cox’s Top 10 NFL Fantasy Draft Picks include:

10. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions—“Megatron is the top receiver on my board and only partially because I’m a Lions homer,” said Cox.  “With Stafford’s development, I expect a break-out year for Johnson.”

  1. Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams—“Never seems to matter how poor the team around him is, if he’s healthy Jackson produces.”
  2. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots—“The last time fans expected this little from Tom Brady he launched the most dominant sports dynasty of the last decade.  He’s healthy again and with more tools around him this time.  Look out for the man from Michigan.”
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars—“Jones-Drew proves the experts wrong every year.  Tough guy with a nose for the end zone.”
  4. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers—“Gore was the 49ers offense for years.  He needs to stay healthy.”
  5. Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons—“A consistent producer and a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball, from the goal line or mid-field.”
  6. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints—“Purdue’s short giant is doing the same thing to NFL record books he did to the Big Ten’s.”
  7. Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens—“If Anquan Boldin didn’t move to Baltimore, Rice may have been my number one pick.  The competition for yards and TDs from the WR slot drops him a couple slots.”
  8. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings—“If Peterson hangs onto the ball this year he could be the top running back in fantasy leagues across the country.”
  9. Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans—“Johnson still isn’t happy with his contract but he reported to camp on time and in great shape.  Defensive backfields across the AFC should be prepared to chase Johnson all over the field.


Cox’s picks are based on standard fantasy scoring in leagues with one starting quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker and one team defense.

For more information on Mike Cox’s campaign for Governor, please visit www.mikecox2010.com or call the campaign office today at (734) 525-5035.

Mike Cox Highlights Plan to Cut Spending and Taxes, Fight ObamaCare and Illegal Immigration in New TV Ad

LIVONIA, MI— Mike Cox today released the latest television commercial of his gubernatorial campaign, discussing his plan to cut spending and taxes, and fight against ObamaCare  and illegal immigration.  The ad, titled “Tough Enough to Lead Michigan,” begins running today on cable and broadcast networks across Michigan.

“Mike Cox is fighting to cut government spending, cut taxes and protect the Constitution.   Meanwhile, Pete Hoekstra voted to increase spending by over a trillion dollars, opposed legislation to make it harder for illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, and supports increases in the sales tax ,” said Mike Cox 2010 Campaign Manager Stu Sandler.

In addition to skipping key votes that could have helped kill the unconstitutional federal health care takeover, Hoekstra voted to make it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses.  Cox is challenging ObamaCare in court and has led a coalition of states, challenging President Obama to defend Arizona’s common-sense illegal immigration crackdown.

While Hoekstra has supported an increase in the sales tax and an expansion of the sales tax to services, Cox has adamantly opposed the scheme.  Cox was the first candidate for governor to take the Americans for Tax Reform’s no-tax pledge and has a plan to cut taxes on Michigan job makers and families by $2 billion.

“The last thing Michigan residents need from Lansing is a new sales tax on services like haircuts, dry-cleaning and childcare,” said Cox.  “Instead of finding devastating new ways to take more money from job makers and families, its time Lansing learned to live within its means.  That’s why my plan contains $4 billion in specific spending cuts I will make as governor.”

For more information on Mike Cox’s campaign for Governor or to view the television commercial, please visit www.mikecox2010.com or call the campaign office today at (734) 525-5035.

Who I Am Running

I am running for governor because I have the vision, drive, and commitment to turn Michigan around. Sixty years ago, my parents came to Michigan because our state offered promise, opportunity, and, most importantly, jobs. Generations of families came to Michigan for those same reasons. Today, those opportunities are disappearing before our eyes.

Working together, we must fight to turn Michigan around.

Our Economic Reality:

  • Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the nation
  • Approximately 50% of college graduates leave the state
  • Our tax structure is hurting our homegrown small businesses and keeping new businesses away

As governor, I will lead the charge for bold change in Michigan. Over the last six years, the current administration has led our state into an economic crisis. We have a choice: we can watch Michigan spiral into a slow economic death, or we can fight for Michigan’s future.

Let’s fight to make Michigan competitive again, so our job-creating entrepreneurs can grow and flourish, and our young people will have opportunities to stay.

The Turn-around:

  • Bring good-paying jobs back to Michigan
  • Send a message to the rest of the nation that Michigan is open for business
  • Eliminate the 2007 personal income tax increase
  • Cut the Michigan Business Tax (MBT) in half, moving our state’s business tax from the 47th worst in the United States to the top 10 nationally
  • Keep our college graduates in Michigan

By eliminating the 2007 personal income tax hike and cutting the MBT in half, $2 billion will be injected into the private sector. This will send a message to the rest of the nation that Michigan is open for business once again.

Michigan is losing its next generation to other states. We spend $2 billion a year on higher education, but we’re losing half of our graduates to more competitive states. Fighting to keep the skills and talents of our college graduates right here in Michigan is a must if we are to turn our state around.

Making the tough decisions necessary to turn Michigan around will not be easy. However, by providing bold leadership, we will make Michigan competitive again. Please join me in our fight for Michigan’s future.

Expand Drug Pricing Website to Help Seniors, Uninsured Save Thousands on Prescriptions

“By giving seniors and families the ability to comparison shop for their prescription drug needs we can improve access to life saving medicines and keep more money in residents’ pocketbooks,” said Cox. “There are a wide variety of ways we can provide more affordable health care without trampling the Constitution like President Obama and Speaker Pelosi. As Governor I will double the number of drugs listed on MichiganDrugPrices.com and include generics to help drive down prices and empower consumers.”

MichiganDrugPrices.com lists 150 commonly prescribed drugs, allowing residents to comparison shop for their prescription needs, potentially saving thousands of dollars every year. Cox helped launch the drug pricing website in 2006, fought to expand the number of drugs featured on the site to 150 in 2007 and has consistently fought to further expand the number of drugs listed. The Granholm administration refuses to expand the site but that will change after Cox is elected Governor.

In March, Cox filed a lawsuit to stop President Obama and House Speaker Pelosi’s massive federal health care bill because it oversteps Congress’s Constitutional authority and for the first time ever forces Michigan residents to purchase a product as the price of citizenship. The bill also includes trillions of dollars in federal spending, at least 88 new government programs and nearly 1,700 new sets of regulations.

“Never before in our history have you had to buy something as the price of citizenship,” Cox said recently. “This is an unprecedented overreach by Congress and the President. There are constitutional limits to what Congress can force individuals and the state to do and I am fighting this bill because it exceeds those limits.”

As Attorney General, Cox has saved Michigan residents hundreds of millions of dollars in higher premiums and costs by fighting Blue Cross rate hikes and stopping anti-consumer bills in the state legislature.

Cox has recovered a record $162 million in Medicaid Fraud and led the fight to create an Office of Medicaid Inspector General, while also fighting drug companies that fraudulently billed the State of Michigan or put consumers at risk. He also outlined a set of ten guiding principles for building a foundation for constitutional, long-term healthcare reform in Michigan.