November 9th, 2009
11:46 AM ET
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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. Sniffit

    im not likin this,

    did anyone read the bill?

    those jerks

    November 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Vets4Obama

    Now that we have health care on the move, lets elect MORE people like those who voted for this bill. We need to absolutely steam roll the republican opposition to entering the 21st century.

    If it were left to repubilcans, we would have refused to invent fire! OUT WITH THE PREHISTORIC MORONS...aka republicans! And in with the patriots who actually work to IMPROVE america, Democrats!

    November 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    So now let me get this straight. Me, as a hardworking taxpaying citizen, who follows the laws and societies rules will be responsible for paying for paying the medical bills for those that have made poor choices in their lives, don't work, don't pay taxes and stay at home watching Jerry Springer and Oprah. Can anyone explain to me why Obama and Pelosi and all of the other libertards out there think that this is a great victory for them? Please some libertard respond to this, I know it is not a Sarah Palin story but try to put a cogent thought together and tell me why I am being robbed by this lying President and his lying, thieving liberal cronies in Congress. Obama, one and done.

    November 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. The South shall rise again!

    "Government won't run us!"
    "No to civil liberties"
    "No to women's choice!"
    "No to integration!"
    "No to health care reform!"

    Republicans forever!

    November 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Michigan is a good example of which party really cares about them and their families who have no health insurance due to job loss. It is immoral for any Republican to stand in the face of the people of Michigan and ask for their vote but have voted to deny them healthcare.

    November 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Jim in Florida

    Immediately following the health care bill vote, the Obama machine trots out Biden to help the robots in Michigan raise money FOR NEXT YEAR.

    Vote buying is alive and well in Congress.

    November 9, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. S M R

    These GOP CLOWNS are out numbered BIG TIME. The Democrats are poised to keep the Majority that is so critical to the FULL recovery of OUR Great Country.

    November 9, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    These dems in red districts who voted for the bill went AGAINST the will of their constituents. They will be rightfully voted OUT next year. We cannot afford this trillion dollar government plan. Period. The only ones who will benefit from it are the Lawyers.

    November 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Buckeye Voter

    What number of bankruptcies caused by medical bills is the right number? What is the optimum number of early fatalities caused by lack of medical insurance?

    November 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Aaron

    Strange how the Repubs forget that they were instrumental in putting the 15% of Michiganers out of work.

    November 9, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. george from alaska

    it never fails to amaze me how ignorant people can be in general. why would anyone in middle calss america be against reforming insurance company rip offs? they have plastered tv with their ridiculous commercials though and if you show the lowest common denominater enough lies on a daily basis eventually some of them will be fooled.

    i see palin is back at her "death panel" baloney. that alone proves that she cares nothing about truth. the folks up here in alaska got fed up with her lies and ran her out of town on a rail. she is the most dishonest, backstabbing, self-serving, sack of dog crap witch imaginable...and many in the lower 48 are fooled by her false apple pie goody goody i'm one of ya'll you betcha image. folks, wake up & smell the coffee!

    November 9, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Rich Scott

    Don't you think you deserve the same health care as our professional politicians do. Hey you pay for their's why should we not get some of the same. As for recovery in Mich larger goverment means more Govt . Jobs this is the start of recovery. It never ceases to amaze me that the ones that don't want a bigger Govt. are the ones always blaming the Govt. for their problems.

    November 9, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. S M R

    The Policies and Ideals of the GOP is harmful to the future of Our Great Country. Why would ANYONE EVER support the Ridiculous RIGHT!!!

    November 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Frances

    What good would this country be if our budget is no longer in the red but our citizens are sick or suffering from fatal illnesses because they didn't have healthcare to catch it in time? Republicans are obviously sick themselves if they believe money is priority over health. If a person does not have their health, money means nothing!

    November 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    This medicare-for-all fiasco the dems are trying to force down our throats will be their undoing come the 2010 elections.

    November 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Yates

    With undemployment at 10.2% when liberals promised it would not go over 8% with the payoff I mean stimulus they are not going to get re-elected anyway. Under their leadership I can promise you that Michigans unemployment will only get worse under those idiots. Our small business owner said he will be laying people off if this gets through the Senate. This is a job killer.

    November 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    The comments about VICE-PRESIDENT BIDEN'S visit being lavish is a clear indicator of accusing the opposition of what you (GOP – GREED OVER PRINCIPLE) are guilty of propagating.

    Thanks, GI Joe for telling it like it needs to be said.

    November 9, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. S M R

    The WAR PROFITTEERING GOP wants us to spend our money on WAR. 10 Billion a month spent in IRAQ for what???

    November 9, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Will in Carson City

    When are people going to understand that NEITHER party is for the people? Both Republicans and Democrats are only in it for themselves.

    Oh.... and while this health care bill may help unemployed get health insurance via the public option, how will they pay for it if they're not employed?

    November 9, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Ted:Canada

    From Canada with love!

    Our sports team travels to Michigan on a regular basis as well as seven other states. In turn we have US teams that play us in Ontario

    If you ever had a child experience a sports injury – I hope you were in Canada!

    I have heard horror stories where families paid thousands for sport injuries – some pulled their kids from sports – and for some sports injuries was considered a preexisting condition wow!

    Also from my friends in the US I have even heard that sports organizations have had problems with getting insurance coverage.

    COME ON! AMERICA! “Let’ the kids play”

    Organized sport is not just for rich and those that can afford health care costs.

    Obama – keep fighting for the kids – all the kids!

    November 9, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Fed Up

    There is NOTHING in the bill that will lower health insurance, infact it will go up. You clowns can't really think this is a good bill. Democrats refuse to work on REAL health insurance reform, they only want to cram this crap down our throats. They couldn't even run their H1N1 vaccine program and you think they can take over healthcare? Public option will be the ONLY option, don't be fooled into thinking you will actually have a choice in the future.

    November 9, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    This is what I have been saying. Barack Obama has divided the country right in the middle. With just 5 votes majority in the congress how can he say that American people want his Healthcare plan. In fact he should not proceed until he gets 60-70% votes. It is shameful for this President and Vice President who have no respect for the opposition and they try to force their policies on American people. I hope they get the lesson in coming elections and American people should never vote for such change and throw them out from their chairs.

    November 9, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. tom in Tennessee

    Biden needs to reassure the people of Michigan that regarding the economy, the dems policies will soon reduce most of the rest of the country to the same dire straits that state finds itself in. Michigan take comfort in knowing you will not be alone.

    November 9, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. JoeK

    So Republicans are criticizing Democrats trying to provide health care for people who lost their jobs due to Bush-Republican policies? So somehow Republicans will restore jobs to Michigan even though their policies contributed to Michigan and the country's economic demise? I'm sure none of these GOP stooges have ever had to try and pay for health insurance for a whole family once they lost their jobs. If anything, Michigan needs health insurance reform most of all because of all the job losses.

    November 9, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Fan of Common Sense

    I guess the people in Michigan are getting a little tired of the 13% unemployment rate–a rate the democrats consider OK when they are the ones in power. If the democrats want help from Biden-the-boob, they must really be getting desperate.

    November 9, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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