All Eyes on 7th Congressional District Race

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

DELTA TOWNSHIP -- U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Mich., welcomed the help Friday from a big hitter.

Fellow Democratic Rep. Sander Levin joined him for a public forum at Lansing Community College's West Campus to decry America's growing trade imbalances with China and South Korea.

"We are experiencing record trade deficits," Schauer told the crowd, with Levin nodding at his side. "About 40 to 45 percent of our trade deficit is with one country. Can you guess what country that is? China."

The forum couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. New data out from the government Friday show America's $50 billion trade deficit subtracted nearly 3.4 percentage points from the country's second quarter growth.

Schauer and Levin took the opportunity to hit Republican opponent Tim Walberg hard on trade.

"He thinks outsourcing is good for America's economy," Schauer said. "It's not."

"Likewise on social security," Levin, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said. "Where Tim Walberg favors privatization."

Levin's presence alongside Schauer highlighted a basic truth of this election -- it is one of the key races across the entire country.

"This is one of those close districts, where it swings," said political expert and president of Public Sector Consultants Bill Rustem. "It has swung over time."

That means, Rustem added, it's one of just a handful of races across the country that could swing Congress from Democratic to Republican control.

It's precisely why House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, came to Jackson Wednesday to stump for Walberg, who lost the seat in 2008 to Schauer, at a fundraiser -- and why Levin came Friday.

Both are bringing the big bats ahead of a race the whole country will be watching.

It's gonna be a very, very tight race," Rustem said. "And whoever gets their voters out to the polls on Election Day, whoever does the best job campaigning and articulating a vision is gonna end up winning this race."

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2010 at 07:04 AM
    Don't forget that Walberg helped his friends and campaign contributers, the big bankers and CEOs, keep their plush jobs with the bank bail-out. Where was Republican fiscal responsibility then?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    Who do we want = A guy who voted on every socialist program or a guy who was booted out because people did not like his party?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    Walberg voted 100% with George Bush and the Repubs. Where would we be now if ss had been privatized? Pro investers tanked what would a novice do. I do agree NAFTA was and still is a terrible idea (look at the job losses already)the american worker is being told they must compete with 3rd world workers who will work for virtually nothing. This drives down the standard of living for all but the wealthest who are reaping enormous windfalls while crying about having to pay taxes. Big business does not need any more help in Washington, middle America does. I know where Walberg stands and it's not with the little guy. No profit in that.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2010 at 02:03 PM
    Walberg is a idoit, whatever George Bush wanted he said okay. On the other hand Schauer is doing the samething with Obama. I'm getting very, very, sick of this! I want real change.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    We are still talking about the good that Walberg did in office. What has shauer done?
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Aug 27, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    Regarding Mr. Walberg being in favor of privatizing social security, that is a myth. Mr. Walberg did not support such a measure. The idea was raised a few years back to allow YOUNGER citizens to place a PORTION of their SS into private accounts, feeling that they are more savy with their own investments than the Government could ever be (and also given the fact that SS is nothing more than a giant ponzi scheme, so the older generation now drawing will receive far more from SS than they ever paid in, and the opposite will be true of the younger generation). The idea never went beyond the 'discussion' stage in Congress. So Mr. Schauer is using typical scare tactics trying to worry the old folks that Mr. Walberg will single-handedly steal their SS. It sure would be nice if WILX had some actual journalists that were interested in fact-finding and reporting rather than just being secretaries, printing whatever they're handed.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Aug 27, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    Wow. I hope Mr. Schauer doesn't think we're so dumb that we don't know that NAFTA was signed by Bill Clinton (and the concept has been supported by every President since JFK). I also hope he realizes that his hero, President Obama, has also stated that he wishes to 'increase' imports from China (no doubt to appease them since they basically hold our economy in the palms of our hands due to the billions we borrowed from them). So Mr. Schauer is basically playing Don Quixoti, shaking his fist at windmills. But hey, it makes for good campaign rhetoric, right?
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