Schauer, Walberg Share Blows in First Debate

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

CHARLOTTE -- "Maybe this doesn't mean much to you -- the issue of integrity."

Republican Tim Walberg delivered one of the first blows at his Wednesday night debate with incumbent Democrat Mark Schauer.

And the two did not disappoint from there. Schauer painted Walberg as a Wall Street puppet in favor of outsourcing.

"I think he's the only person here who thinks we're actually getting jobs back from China," Schauer said to a packed crowd at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. "Due to China's unfair trade practices, Michigan has lost 68,000 jobs."

Walberg, who lost the seat to Schauer two years ago, fired back at his rival as a big spender.

"Did we ask Mark Schauer to vote for a stimulus package that stimulated really nothing except the government economy?" he asked rhetorically. "No."

A number of times, the two devolved into all-out shouting matches, first over a law, favored by Walberg, that allows corporations to anonymously donate as much as they want to candidates.

"I support people putting money in my campaign," he told Schauer, who answered "And you don't think they should have to state who they are?"

Then they sparred over one of the key issues of the campaign -- social security.

"You were either lying to this tea party group, or you're lying to the people here tonight," Schauer said to Walberg, who told a special interest group in a recording that he "supports the privatization of the so-called social security system."

In the end, Walberg expressed disappointment with the issues that were debated.

"We really didn't get to the key issues in-depth, and those issues are the key issues on people's minds -- jobs, economy and spending," he said.

This as Schauer promoted his key issues: End what he says are unfair trade practices and continue pushing policies to help the average Michigander.

"I will continue to fight for fair trade and fight for manufacturing jobs here," he said.

They both can take a breath until they debate again in front of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce -- Thursday morning.

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  • by Sans on Oct 14, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    At this point there has been so much muck and mud slinging on both sides, I personally don't want to vote for either of them. Both sides have lied through their teeth, and I have yet to hear either of them talk about the very serious issues. As far as I can see neither of them is worth the time of day.
  • by Don Willems Location: Grand Ledge on Oct 14, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    Thank You Mark Schauer for supporting Michigan's middle class and my children's future.
  • by Mike Location: Jackson on Oct 14, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    This is another media whitewash in favor of Schauer. I watched the debate and the summary presented here is very poor - virtually all comments that favor Schauer. Even the debate was skewed in favor of Schauer with his microphone turned up more than Walberg's giving him a more assertive advantage. The "neutral" moderator even began debating Walberg in arguing about the Engler budget, and the partisan crowd was obvious. I can only hope the electorate is more objective than the media!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2010 at 06:02 AM
    They both are full of bull. Plus they just vote for their party, never question their party. I'm sick of this! People of Michigan why can't we get somebody that can get the job done? (I mean jobs!)
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