MIDLAND, Michigan (WJRT) - (09/12/2017) - "I'm Bill Schuette, we're Michigan, and we need to cop a new attitude and reach higher. It's time to win again, let's go," exclaimed Michigan Attorney General from center stage.
Schuette announced his campaign for governor during his annual barbecue at the Midland County Fairgrounds Tuesday evening.
The announcement ends months of speculation surrounding his political future.
The Republican joins a number of people running to replace incumbent Governor Snyder, who is term limited.
ABC 12's Amy Hybels has more from Schuette's hometown of Midland on what he plans to focus on during his campaign.
Attorney General Bill Schuette, shown taking the stage in Midland with his wife Cynthia to the tune of 'Gimme Some Loving" hopes primary voters show him some love at the ballot box in August of 2018.
"We are Michigan, we are going to start winning again, and that I'm announcing my campaign and candidacy for the Governor and the State of Michigan," he announced to cheers and applause from supporters.
Schuette focused on his desire to grow the economy during his first official campaign address:
"To make Michigan a growth state, a paycheck state and a jobs state," he stated.
To make that happen Schuette promised several things including ensuring that the next generation of cars are built in Michigan, reforming auto insurance, and this:
"Number one I will cut your taxes," stated Schuette.
He repeatedly referenced the Granholm years in a move to paint his democratic opponents with a broad brush:
"The Jennifer Granholm team wants to take us back," he noted, "back to the lost decade."
His supporters say they like what they heard Tuesday night.
Schuette also promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, and end Common Core.
We asked Schuette if running on the Republican ticket on the heels of an administration tainted by the Flint water crisis could prove challenging.
He replied,"it's not going to be easy right, it's a steep mountain, but I'm going to win this thing."
Schuette is expected to hold his first campaign appearance in Traverse City Tuesday morning.