GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A prime-time episode of “To The Point” this evening featured 3rd Congressional District candidate John Gibbs.
Gibbs, a Republican, spoke with political reporter Rick Albin about the most pressing issues facing West Michigan and take some questions submitted by viewers.
Albin began the conversation with a viewer-submitted question asking Gibbs about his connection to the district. Gibbs said he was born and raised in Lansing. He left Michigan after high school, but moved to Byron Center in 2021, drawn by the think tanks and churches of West Michigan.
Gibbs then was asked about whether he wrote in the past that ‘women in the workforce is not beneficial’ and that the country ‘has suffered as a result of women’s suffrage.’
“Did you make those remarks, did you make those posts, and if so do you stand by those remarks?” Albin asked.
“I’ll answer your questions very succinctly,” Gibbs responded. “Yes, and the second part of your question, absolutely not.”
He said his mom worked for the state government for 35 years and he has multiple women on his staff.
“I fully support hiring all talented individuals, no matter if they happen to be a woman or a man,” he said. “When I was in college, I did some things that were over the top, I wrote some things that were over the top, including this. It was written to troll, it was written in jest to kind of irk the liberals on campus.”
When asked if he would have voted for the Inflation Reduction Act, Gibbs said he would not have. He said it will increase inflation, taxes and spending.
Gibbs said he supports a 15-week limit on abortion with exceptions for the life of the mother.
“My position is basic common sense: 47 out of 50 European countries have a 15-week limit on abortion,” he said. “That would put us in line with the rest of the civilized world.”
For the full conversation with Gibbs, which also covered issues like gun control and student loan forgiveness, watch the video in the player above.
Gibbs has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, in whose administration he worked. He defeated incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer in the Republican primary in August.
The 3rd Congressional District, along with every other legislative district in Michigan, was redrawn this year. It now includes metro Grand Rapids and much of Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties and is considered a national political bellwether.
Gibbs had initially agreed to a Sept. 13 debate against Democratic candidate Hillary Scholten but then withdrew, saying the date would not work. The two camps could not reach an agreement on rescheduling. As a result, Scholten appeared on a prime-time episode of “To The Point” on Sept. 13. News 8 offered Gibbs a similar slot so West Michigan could hear from both candidates.
The general election is Nov. 8.