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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