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. mjm

    You Dems do realize that 45000 still remain uninsured with this new bill...right?

    Millions are left uncovered. Puts a little dent in you’re "reps want you to die.." argument.

    Does Pelosi know what year this plan goes broke? I know it's 2016 for Medicare.

    Funny how BCBS can cover millions of Americans, and not go broke.

    This bill is a disaster, kind of like MI. They deserve democrats in that state.

    November 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Greg, MN

    Somebody should tell Biden to stay home and shut up. How's that Hope and Change working in Virginia and New Jersey?

    November 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Neil

    We have no MONEY, wake up!!!!

    November 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Bob

    Three words: Tax the Rich.

    November 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Dawn

    Michigan's high unemployment rate is precisely why we need health care reform. All of these people that are unemployed have lost their healthcare as well.

    November 9, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Dennis

    I was in the Upper Pensinsula of Michigan this summer. This is an area that is highly unionized, but the Democrats are very unpopular up there right now.

    November 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. jay

    What a great way for the Democrats to assure that the Republicans will get those two seats. How did Joe "Open mouth, insert foot" Biden work out for you Democrats in New Jersey? Loss of a state that was overwhelming Democrat just 12 scant months ago. Or in Virginia,where the Democrats won a state that had not voted Democratic in a Presidential election since 1964. Let's face it, liberals, 30 miles outside any metropolitian area, liberalism is poison, and if more people would wake up, they might see that it doesn't work out so well there either.

    November 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. MARK

    MIchigan is a lost cause. They keep reelecting the domocrats in the state house and the dem Governor....even though it has one of the worst ecomonies in the country. I moved out of that state once Granholm was reelected. SHE HAS RUINED MICHIGAN!!!

    November 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Conserva-Baggers are bad for America

    The people of Michigan are smart enough to realize that it is because of the politics of the Republican'ts that they have some of the worst unemployment in the country. Unemployment = no health insurance. The people of Michigan are smart enough to realize that the Democrats are working to pass health insurance reform with a public option and so, their lives are better because of Democrats. It's really quite simple.

    November 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. tom in Tennessee

    Let's see, it's only Republicans that are capeable of lying to the folks. Democrats would never do any thing like that. Where is all the transparency that Obama promised? What about what he said cap and trade would cost the average family? How about a massive stimulus bill that costs a fortune but is designed to create a minimum of jobs. It was written by the Apollo alliance not congress. Ever notice how bama has to demonize anyone who does not agree with his policies? Now you all just celebrate that the dems passed health care in the house, have a good time and feel good. But if any of you have half a brain, try reading that bill and consider it's implications. The dems are screwing all of us just as bad as the repubs have screwed us,

    November 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. normajean

    We don't need any more talk from the Republicans regarding the cost of health care. Everyone knows now that the Repubs sent a C-130 carrying twelve billion dollars cash to Iraq in 2007 The money arrived and then ultimately disappeared.Don't believe it,Check Google. It's proven and verified. The arrogance of the Repubs is over the top.It's ridiculous for a country like ours to have little if any medical care for its citizens .If we can throw money into wars, we can surely protect our people with a proper health care plan.

    / well, just check Google .It's true and has been verified.Their arrogance is over the top.Their lies and subterfuge just go on and on.This health acre problem should have been taken care of years ago. It's ridiculous for a nation such as ours to have families with small children and no medical care.

    November 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Andi

    Well, what are the GOP candidates planning to do FOR the people of Michigan? There are a lot of people in this country that don't vote to keep, gain, or regain 'power' for a particular party. They vote for candidates that will address the issues important to them, not whether or not the GOP is in 'power'. Being in power doesn't sound much like helping the country, now, does it?

    November 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. simp

    The evil GOP's are out in full force. I thought halloween was two weeks ago but these clowns are out trying to scare the democrats everywhere. face it morons you lost the vote Saturday and you will lose the final vote too. Stop trying to scare every body you, the GOP cannot be trusted.

    November 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Paul from Phoenix

    Because Biden was so successful in VA and NJ.

    November 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Senior Lilarose in Oregon

    You vote Republican, you might as well welcome George W. Bush back to the White House.

    Everything will go back to where he was.....

    November 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Mike

    How anyone can put their trust in the US government to manage health care is beyond me, they (the gov't) do such a great job operating the Postal Service, Medicare, Medicaid and Public Schools – why should we expect any difference in the gov't running health care?

    November 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Rog

    People here just don't get it. The House passes a bill for healthcare reform and the very people who want to get this terrific healthcare bill done REFUSE to have it apply to themselves....what is this telling you people!!??
    This bill is NOT what it's cracked up to be...I read the last bill..it was absolutely horrific!!
    I don't care WHAT party affiliation you are. Have the mind to look at what's happening folks!! Get off this "party of no", "republicans are American Taliban"....read the bill instead of following somebody else like a pack of sheep.

    November 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    C'mon people, what don't you get. You cannot get free anything. This healthcare deal is going to cost and cost most of the upper and middle class as usual to pay for everyone else the Democrates feel should have free healthcare on our hard working backs. Illegals NO, Abortions NO, Take a step back and think. Who will pay and pay and pay for all this Government free stuff. THINK......We are taxed to death right now. Deeper and deeper were going. Paying almost 60% of what we earn now. Why should those of us that work pay for those that do not care to or are sliding by. Have 6 kids all with cellphones, TVs in 3 -4 rooms, and the list goes on and on. They CAN pay for some healthcare but choose for the rest of us to do it. Has to STOP somehow.

    November 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Republican

    Hmmm.....perhaps if my fellow republicans did something PRODUCTIVE for a change we wouldn't be outnumbered. All I see the rejects currently posing as republicans doing is whining and complaining and throwing tantrums. It's a shame that so many morons are now part of my party.

    I truely wish these right wing freaks would run off and form their own party, I don't care if the GOP dies because of it or not, it's current make up shouldn't just die, the 'death panel' should KILL IT and IMMEDIATELY. If this is the only kind of morons my party can find to represent it any more, then please, SHUT IT DOWN AND NOW!

    November 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. phyllis

    The republicans are the reason that people are out of work.

    If everyone would remember, George Bush was the president just a year ago.

    This Country did not get this way under the leadership of our Present President, but under Bush.

    It surprise's me how soon people for get, what really happened while Bush / Cheney where in power.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE AND REMEMBER,WHERE ALL THIS UNEMPLOYMENT CAME FROM. Thank you
    .

    November 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Jackie

    To the people in Michigan...keep voting for the Democrats in your state. Just like California...the state Representatives know what's best for you...
    Why should you think or care for yourself when you can have a goverment bureaucrat tell you how to live your life and how to spend your own money.

    November 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Debbie

    To the GOP targeting those running for office:

    1) Are you or are you not trying to capture and unify the party? The constant attacking of people does not get people to stay or join the party.

    2) How many Americans will have to become poor, lose their business, or die till you stop obstructing and move forward?

    November 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Pat F

    Gary is GONE! Gary is GONE! Gary is GONE!

    That is the chant in Gary Peters' district, where I live. Fool us once, shame on you – but we won't get fooled AGAIN!

    November 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. David

    And so it begins. It's time we vote out all who voted in favor of the stimulus bill and now this piece of a healthcare bill. Let BO and Biden try all they might to support these traitors. It is time for all to shed this two party scam.

    November 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Laurie

    What are the Republicans doing??? They do not give a hoot about the economy or the American people. The citizens represented by these two fine individuals should be thankful for the stand that they have taken to try to improve the condition of health care and the country. Just because change is hard does not mean that it is not positive. It will not be positive for lobbying groups, the insurance companies, or the people who are paid off for votes by the insurance industry. Why can't the Republicans try to improve the condition of our health care system??? I do not understand. I commend the two representatives for voting for the bill. I have also written an e-mail to my representative for his courageous stand in voting for this issue. I think it is too bad that votes need to be classified as "brave" or courageous" when a vote for this kind of change is positive and good. Wake up, read the bill, quit thinking of your pocketbooks, and do something positive for the American people.

    November 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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