JACKSON -- One statement in a new campaign ad from U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Mich., has touched off another back and forth between two sides of a now deep-seated rivalry.
"That's why I voted against bailing out Wall Street," Schauer, who's up for re-election in the 7th Congressional District says in the 30-second TV spot.
His opponent, Republican Tim Walberg, and much of the GOP establishment are calling that claim a patently false lie.
"[Schauer] wasn't there in Congress to vote in 2008," when the initial vote on the Wall Street bailout occurred, Walberg said Thursday. "I was. And it was my vote against it that I think he should have been referring to."
While that's technically true, Schauer was in office when the government requested the second half of President George W. Bush's bailout -- and he did vote against it.
"The one vote I had in Congress to reject the Wall Street bailout, I voted no," Schauer said. "I also voted for a bill that will hold Wall Street CEOs accountable. That's something that Tim Walberg rejects."
"Well, why didn't he say that," Walberg rebutted. "Why didn't he say that in the ad, rather than trying to portray himself as being the defender of the 'little guy' against Wall Street?"
That leaves us with a battle over semantics -- as the two continue to punch up their campaigns' key points.
"And then he goes and votes the way that discourages that taking place by voting for more big government, more spending, the stimulus bill that stimulates a government economy," Walberg said Thursday after attacking Schauer's ad.
Schauer responded, "I've been working to dig our way out of this economic mess and help companies put people to work, and Tim Walberg wants to go back to those economic policies that caused this economic crisis."
Two candidates on opposite sides of the spectrum -- barreling toward November.