November 9th, 2009
11:46 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP targets Michigan Dems over health care votes

ice President Joe Biden heads to Michigan Monday to lend a helping hand to two freshman House Democrats.
ice President Joe Biden heads to Michigan Monday to lend a helping hand to two freshman House Democrats.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden heads to Michigan Monday to lend a helping hand to two freshman House Democrats who could face tough re-election bids next year. Will their votes on health care reform makes those bids even more difficult?

Biden headlines a fundraising event in Detroit for Michigan Democratic Party. Co-hosting the event are Congressmen Mark Schauer and Gary Peters. Both representatives voted in favor the health care reform bill that passed 220-215 in the House Saturday night.

The National Republican Campaign Committee is targeting the health care votes by Schauer and Peters.

"While Vice President Biden throws a lavish fundraiser to reward Mark Schauer and Gary Peters for their votes on the trillion dollar government takeover of healthcare, more than fifteen percent of Michiganders are out on the street looking for work," says NRCC spokesman Tom Erickson in a Monday morning statement. "If we're going to put Michigan back to work, voters will need to elect new leadership and fire Schauer and Peters, who have continually backed the reckless policies of Nancy Pelosi that create more government at the expense of the jobs that Michigan needs."


Democrats said the votes should give Schauer and Peters an edge next year.

"Mark Schauer and Gary Peters both have strong records of delivering for their districts and helping to create jobs in order to turn Michigan's economy around, responds Gabby Adler, Midwest Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Voters in Michigan know that Health Insurance Reform is a key component of a long term economic recovery for Michigan workers and businesses of all sizes, and encouraged Schauer and Peters to support the legislation. Mark Schauer and Gary Peters have an undeniable advantage heading into 2010 because of their already significant legislative achievements and because of their prolific fundraising that no GOP candidate in Michigan has even come close to."

Schauer ousted Republican Rep. Tim Walberg in last year's election, winning by by 3 points in Michigan's 7th congressional district, which Barack Obama won by 5 points. He could be facing a rematch in 2010, as Walberg has already announced his candidacy - if he makes it past what could be a tough primary battle. Both the non-partisan Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report say the district's contest is likely to be competitive next year.

Peters topped Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg by 9 points in last year's election in the 9th congressional district, which Obama won by 7 points.

"The health care vote is another piece of ammunition that Republicans will use against Schauer and Peters," says Nathan Gonzalez, political editor of the Rothenberg Political Report. "I think Republicans are more optimistic about Schauer. It's more of a Republican district.

Republicans have always seen an opportunity in the 7th and this health care vote adds to their optimism. This is going to be a top race next year."

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Make a good bill, that they cant defend... not 2000 pages of crap....

    November 9, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Laverne

    The republicans message is "we won't tolerate anyone who does not do things the way we do, including moderate republicans". I don't know how they can sleep with the selfish decisions they make and deliberately lie to the American people. Shame on them all!

    November 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. slipthalo

    Can the Republicans tell us just where those who are unemployed in Michigan have the healthcare for their families?

    November 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. JonDavis

    If Michiganites are so stupid as to vote out two congressmen who voted FOR the people of Michigan, then Michiganites deserve to the be the tail of America's economic decline.

    November 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Chipster

    Voting for the Health Care Bill should be a plus for these candidates. The GOP has to fabricate garbage about death panels to incite fear. They cannot win on the truth so they exaggerate and fabricate. By next year, the truth will be known if supporters of the plan have any communication skills at all. It's easy to tell the truth.

    The truth is this: more people are losing their healthcare daily...more businesses are finding it impossible to offer health benefits with increases of 55%-84% in premiums...more bankruptcies are caused by health-related issues than any other cause. The military is spending more and more of its funds on healthcare and expects costs to double in the next 10 years.

    This is unsustainable. The GOP plan is to give more subsidies to the insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

    November 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Susie

    Michigan is a little more savvy than the voters in other states. We've been through the worst, and are expecting things to improve gradually. We also do not blame the meltdown of the auto industry, and our job base, on Democrats. The auto companies were very shortsighted when pushing Hummers and SUVs on the public at the expense of new energy efficient vehicles. That was not the fault of any Democratic plot.
    Along with unemployment comes loss of health care benefits. Do the Republicans truly believe that a state with thousands of uninsured will penalize their representatives for voting for much needed reform? The bill is not perfect, but it is a step toward equality for all our citizens.

    November 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Emma

    Please, please, those of you against health care reform with a public auction, can you not see you are shooting yourself in the foot? Death occurs to sick people who cannot get health care they need because the Health Insurance Companies decide what and who they will pay for, while raking in millions of profit. Of course our Congress men and women will always get the health care they need without paying a bundle. Those in the Congress over 65 can also be on Medicare which is well known as a government run plan.

    November 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. S M R

    The GOP sure has alot of nerve pointing fingers at ANY Democrat.

    November 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Tom in Delaware

    Americans are going to targets ALL Dems over Health Care...bye-bye in 2010...and good riddance.

    November 9, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. katiec

    Og course the GOP is going to fight against Health Care Reform.
    They support the continuation of big business running, controlling our country making crucial decisions on our behalf.
    The party of NOthing is out to destroy our country in any way possible. They are on the brink of becoming our countries most dangerous
    domestic terrorists.

    November 9, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Good job Joe. The republicans will when for sure now.

    November 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. bill

    I see the future of the GOP, and it looks like a blank page. You can't keep voting against everything that may help the general population and expect people to vote you back in office...bye, bye party of NO!

    November 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. vic nashville , Tn

    62.5% bankruptcy due to health insurance. Time for republicans to let it go

    The lost minorities now they are ready to lose middle class

    November 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Chris - Seattle

    No bias in this blog, "trillion dollar government takeover of healthcare"! CNN who's team are you on, the American people bankrupt from medical bills, the unemployed that can't get insurance, the people spreading disease because they can't afford care or are you on the side of all this mindless rhetoric supporting the political agendas of the republicans and corporate America? I guess, from the sounds of it, I should already know my answer, though I'm pretty appalled and all this negative rhetoric that mirrors what went on in 1935 and 1965! Disgusting!

    November 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. LacrosseMom

    The Republicans do not have any solutions.

    The Republicans are not FOR Americans, but for Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Corporations.

    Republicans do not get, that the MAJORITY of Americans WANT HEALTHCARE!

    The Republicans do not care, that 45,000 Americans die every year because they lack healthcare.

    Republicans ONLY know how to OBSTRUCT, LIE, SCARE & DIVIDE our Nation!

    November 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. SLM

    With the mess this country is in you would think Biden could find something more important to do than this constant campaigning for fellow Democrats.............so much for this administration working for all Americans, Obama and company are the most divisive administration in history as well as being the worst president ever.

    November 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Enough

    Out with those who voted for this terrible bill. We want health care reform, not higher taxes and the destruction of quality health care. Anyone who voted for this needs to be replaced........we know who you are.

    November 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Charlie

    I have a feeling the people who really support health care reform are not the ones paying the majority of taxes. I know you all hate the wealthy but you have to face the facts that the wealthy are the ones paying for all of these entitlement programs. When the wealthiest 5% of the people are paying half of all the income taxes in America something is wrong. Whats going to happen when all of the wealth of this country gets taxed away then who will be paying for all of this stuff?

    November 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Cynthia in MI

    I'm from Michigan and couldn't be prouder of these two Dems. Congratulations!

    November 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Why are republicans so protective of Insurance Companies' profits?

    November 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Really Concerned about America

    I am concerned that America wants to kill a health care bill meant to lower costs for all Americans. They want to kill the bill because they think it is unfair to the insurance agencies?? The same insurance agencies that have raised rates 130% in 10 years and denies coverage to millions of Americans?

    So Americans think its a government takeover? Do they not see that other industrialized countries that have a form of government health care have lower premiums and a longer life span than Americans?
    Do Americans not look at the facts? And why are they trying to protect a system that is bankrupting businesses and average Americans?

    The opposition party really sounds like politicians in the pre-cival rights age. As they claim "Government will not tell us what to do" or "Government will not tell use we have to integrate!!!"

    The party is mimicking the hatred of change again.

    Wake up America, you are supposed to be a beacon...

    November 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Jim

    If I were running for office I would gladly accept the GOP criticism for passing health care. And then I would say, what did the GOP ever do for you when they had a chance? Their whole agenda is to dismantle our government so it can't stop their rich patrons from running the country and I can't think of anything they have done in the last 30 years that really benefits anyone who is not wealthy.

    November 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The answer is No CNN!! To answer your inflamatory question...their vote for healthcare reform will make it EASIER for them to get reelected!!

    November 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. jj123

    This bill is so bad that they couldnt get all the democrats on board and it still leaves out 6-8% of the uninsured.

    November 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. S M R

    The GOP has this story backwards. The GOP will be targeted come 2010 for their support of the STATUS-QUO. The Majority will prevail with high vote counts because we are SICK AND TIRED of the Corporate driven GOP.

    November 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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