Detroit Congressman Hansen Clarke Skips Debate, Cites 'Racist Rhetoric'

07/02/2012 10:26 am ET | Updated Sep 01, 2012

SOUTHFIELD -- Each of the candidates for the 14th Congressional district seat in this year's election agreed in support of federal legislation to help Detroit, except for U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke, who announced Friday plans to skip ensuing debates due to "racist rhetoric."

Democrats U.S. Rep. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, former state Rep. Mary Waters of Detroit, and retired magistrate Bob Costello of Detroit and Republican John Hauler of Grosse Pointe Woods spoke at the League of Women Voters-sponsored event Sunday at Congregation Shaarey Zedek.