Dave Camp says no to Senate bid in Michigan
August 16th, 2013
12:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Dave Camp says no to Senate bid in Michigan

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan has declined to run for the U.S. Senate next year to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin.

"After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate," he said in a statement.

Camp, who had been weighing a bid for the past few months, said he wants to keep representing his constituents in the state's 4th Congressional District and move forward in his role as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

"That includes creating a stronger economy by making the tax code more effective and efficient; opening new markets for American goods services; and, critical oversight of Obamacare and the IRS," the longtime congressman said. Camp was first elected to the House in 1990.

His decision comes after another high-profile GOP congressman, Mike Rogers, decided against running for the Republican nomination in 2014.

Former Michigan secretary of state and Republican National Committee member Terri Lynn Land announced her bid for the seat earlier this summer. But Democrats argue Republicans have failed to recruit a top tier candidate.

"Dave Camp's rejection of national Republicans marks the second embarrassing recruitment failure for the GOP in Michigan and leaves them facing a potentially expensive and damaging primary that will inevitably produce a nominee too extreme for a general election," said Justin Barasky, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, a three-term congressman whose district includes parts of Detroit, appears to be the most formidable candidate running on the Democratic side. Peters already enjoys the support of Levin, as well as the state's other Democratic senator, Debbie Stabenow.

Republicans, however, point to his 2002 failed attempt for statewide office and his low name recognition.

"It takes a special kind of guy like Peters to ask for a promotion from the very same people that his policies would put out of work," said Brook Hougesen, press secretary at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "Republicans plan to be competitive in Michigan and have a great opportunity to pick up this seat, moving us closer to taking the majority in 2014."

Two nonpartisan political handicappers, Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, rate Michigan as "currently safe for Democrats" and "leaning Democratic" in 2014, respectively.

Next year, Democrats will try to maintain their majority in the Senate, where they currently hold a 54-46 edge (including two independents who caucus with the party) over the GOP. They hope to expand that to 55-45 following October's special Senate election in New Jersey, which they are favored to win.

But Democrats most likely will be defending 21 of 35 seats up for grabs in November 2014.

Michigan's governor, Republican Rick Snyder, will also be up for re-election next year.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Understandable. James Madison always said the real action was in the House; purse-strings and such.

    See, this way Camp can continue his important job of helping the GOP destroy the social safety net.

    August 16, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Data Driven

    Understandable. James Madison always said the real action was in the House; purse-strings and such.

    See, this way Camp can continue his important job of helping the GOP destroy the social safety net.
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    Have to disagree with you, DD... the social safety net is being crushed under its own weight. Social Security was a good idea when there was 15 people paying into it for every 1 person drawing on it and life expectancy was maybe a year or two past retirement. The world has changed greatly since 1935, and the programs have not been reformed to the new realities of the 21st century. Their insolvency is almost assured.

    August 16, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Hey GOP, we plan to put the GOP out of work in 2014 midterms, GOP, good for nothing and where's your healthcare plan and jobs plan and immigration plan or any other plan, GOP trash!!!!!

    August 16, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. kirk

    Fair the problem isn't that we disagree that something has yo be done to make it sustainable: but what the plan is to fix it,I've paid into this system for over thirty years and I'm supposed to accept a voucher that wont cover my enrollment fee by the time I retire? Experts say raise the taxable level, which seems fair with the new salaries being doled out.and raise the retirement age six months at a time til 64.why is this so unacceptable for the gop? Because it affects the rich.tfb

    August 16, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. kirk

    Oh they have plans. To take advantage and hold hostage til we get what they want never will allow a path to citizenship. But want you to spend over 40 billion on a fence.haliburton will get the job somehow.and they will make excuses as to why they will then: after the money is gone block a way to citizenship. Just one of many quality plans that benefit no one but the rich and big business

    August 16, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Data Driven

    @Fair,

    Well, you make a particularly good point about life expectancy. A small tax hike may not make SS solvent by 2033, but I think we should still try. People like Camp won't even consider the measures that Alan Greenspan took in the 70s.

    If not SS, then what? We have to come up with something, Fair. Too many folks depend on it. Stagnate wages and rising living costs make it impossible to just "save more". Mandate higher wages? And then mandate citizens sock away.10% of each paycheck? That's a lot of mandates, even for a hopeless leftist like me. A tax hike seems better than all that.

    August 16, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. L

    I would lose all respect for these two news organizations if they cave to this hysterical demand from the RNC. The Republicans think everything is a one way street, going their way. They want to disrespect and stonewall the Democrat POTUS but think they should get proper treatment when they are in office. They want to control the media and call for free speech so they can spew all the hate they can muster against their fellow Americans. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. Between their assault on voters rights, and this silliness, history will count this generation of Journalist as fools if they get run by this bunch of nuts.

    August 16, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    kirk

    Fair the problem isn't that we disagree that something has yo be done to make it sustainable: but what the plan is to fix it,I've paid into this system for over thirty years and I'm supposed to accept a voucher that wont cover my enrollment fee by the time I retire? Experts say raise the taxable level, which seems fair with the new salaries being doled out.and raise the retirement age six months at a time til 64.why is this so unacceptable for the gop? Because it affects the rich.tfb
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    Well, Kirk, I've been paying in for 37 years. They raise the taxable level every year, and they raise it more than the rate of inflation. Don't know where you came up with thinking the retirement age is 64, but I'm in my early 50s and my retirtement age, as defined by the SSA, is 67.

    But I'm really curious as to why you think making those changes would affect only the rich? It doesn't make a difference how much money you make... there is a maximum amout, per year, that you can collect SS benefits. THATS why there is a cap on the amount of income subject to SS Tax. IF you want to remove the income threshold on which the tax is levied, you must remove the benefit cap as well, and never EVER bring means testing into the discussion. Otherwise, what you're asking the rich to do is to fund other people's retirement in addition to everything else they're funding. Do you really want that, Kirk?

    August 16, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Seth A Drekin

    Fair is Fair

    Have to disagree with you, DD... the social safety net is being crushed under its own weight. Social Security was a good idea when there was 15 people paying into it for every 1 person drawing on it and life expectancy was maybe a year or two past retirement. The world has changed greatly since 1935, and the programs have not been reformed to the new realities of the 21st century. Their insolvency is almost assured.

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    Your not wrong, but the GOPs solution of Slashing Benefits and Privatizing the Program is not the Solution. Social Security already pays so little most recipients still qualify as poor and gambling the money away on private investments isn't going to help the elderly. The only real solution is to bite the bullet and pay what we owe, means test applicants and encourage/require younger people and their employers to create better retirement plans. Social Security must remain a guaranteed public benefit or we run the risk of falling back to the days of excessive elder poverty.

    As with most things, the Youth are going to have to pay for the Elderly just as the Elderly paid for the Youth and then we have to learn from our mistakes. The mistake we need to correct is believing that Social Security was a retirement program when in reality its an anti-poverty retirement supplement program.

    August 16, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    Why is it that the RNC has yet to learn that when one's hole is filling up with water, one should stop digging?
    Guess what you get when all the vowels are removed from Reince Priebus name ?
    RNC PR BS !

    August 16, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Seth A. Drekin

    "The mistake we need to correct is believing that Social Security was a retirement program when in reality its an anti-poverty retirement supplement program."
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    Amen, brother. But that ship has sailed. You're not putting that genie back in the bottle.

    August 16, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |