Update: Dold Responds to Schneider

DCCC chair calls 10th District race top priority for party.

(Update at 1:25 p.m.) Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) disagreed with statements by Democratic challenger Brad Schneider of Deerfield today that he has voted against woman’s health issues.

“I am pro choice,” Dold said. “It’s long standing policy in Washington for 30 years the United States does not provide funding for abortions. President (Barack) Obama has done this in his executive orders.”

Dold was referring to a vote for legislation Schneider said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called the leave women to die act.

Dold also made it clear he favors efforts to make availability to contraception easier. “I made sure to secure passage of Title 10 so women have access to contraception,” he said.

In other news related to the race, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) told reporters this afternoon Schneider is officially part of the DCCC’s red to blue effort to regain a majority in the House of Representatives.

“He is a perfect fit for the district,” Israel said of Schneider. “Brad has the skill and experience for the job. He is about solutions. He will attract Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans.”

(Earlier at 11 a.m.)  today between thanking voters at the Highland Park train station for propelling him to the Democratic nomination Tuesday to oppose  for Congress in the 10th District.

Though Schneider plans to put a primary focus on employment and economic growth in his effort to win the Nov. 6 general election, he also plans to talk about social issues he believes are important to people here.

Earlier: Schneider Declared Winner

“We want to get the economy going again and stay committed to the job growth we’re beginning to see. We see President Obama’s plan starting to take effect,” Schneider said. “We also want to focus on the social issues becoming part of the Republican dialogue.”

In many of his speeches, Dold says the key issue for the country is economic. “What you hear in Washington on both sides of the aisle is jobs and the economy,” .

Schneider still thinks Dold’s approach to issues like Medicare, Social Security and women’s health distinguishes the two of them.

“He has voted consistently with the Republican majority,” Schneider said of Dold. “He has voted for what Nancy Pelosi has called the leave women to die act. He has voted against Planned Parenthood and has voted for the Ryan budget three times.”

When it comes to Planned Parenthood, .

“He (Romney) is for defunding Planned Parenthood and I’m in favor of Planned Parenthood,” Dold told Patch after a Romney rally Sunday. “I said so on the House floor.”

Dold was one of a handful of Republicans voting in favor of an amendment to the continuing resolution to maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. When the measure failed, he voted for the complete legislation to keep the government running.

The morning after winning a hard fought primary battle with three other opponents——Schneider was happy with his the way he ran his campaign.

“Each day when you wake up would you rather be us than them?” he asked rhetorically. “Essentially I said I would rather be us,” he added responding to questions about advertisements attacking him from groups supporting Sheyman.

Those attacks portraying Schneider for donating to some donations to Republicans while giving nearly all to Democrats prompted local leaders like state and  to speak out against the tactics.

, who endorsed Schneider, thought his victory demonstrated the ability of local voters to see through negative advertising and vote with an informed decision.

“In our district people are very thoughtful and can see through negative advertising,” Garrett said. “They focus on the issues and get to know the candidates, particularly in a primary. They see through the robo calls and mailers to make their own independent decisions.”

Claude Lerner March 23, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Louis, Abigail, Ellie, and Steven, what a breath of fresh air you bring! A good percentage of the 10th are with you. From John Porter to Mark Kirk to Bob Dold the district has been held by moderate republicans for decades. Our lib neighbors speak so righteously in slanderous illusion of those who work to free our country of onerous regulation and free business to grow the tax base and free people from the command and control hand of government that wastes trillions on fanciful dreams and greases pockets with special favors for re-election meanwhile distorting markets, creating uncertainty and leaving the rest of us to loose our jobs and houses after putting so much effort into creating a reasonably good life for our families. The county cannot afford further democratic fiscal irresponsibility and fiduciary failure. We need a representative who will work with Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio to correct the abysmal misdirection of Obama, Durbin, Pelosi, Frank, Dodd, Chu, Holder and the like. It will happen. We will recover. It's just a matter of how long it will take. The lib way in generations. GOP way 10 years or so. Get with it, get beyond the failed ways, the catstrophic unintended consequences of well intended legislation. You can do it. Many former liberal democrats eventially see the light. Find a way, find your way and our country of and by the people will be on the way to prosperity sooner rather than later. Have at it.
Daniel Nussbaum March 23, 2012 at 04:36 AM
He did vote for it though, so you can't make that argument.
Louis G. Atsaves March 23, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Claude! You need to run for public office! Your response was wonderful!
Louis G. Atsaves March 23, 2012 at 05:29 AM
RB, I am not "suggesting" a thing. I am stating a few stubborn things called facts. And "liberals" calling themselves "progressives" are deceiving themselves and other voters. Be prepared for another red tide this November.
Patrick Madigan March 23, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I have lived in the 10th district for many years, and it seems that when independent thinking people have to declare a party, they choose neither. Probably so they won't receive the multiple robocalls that either side will send their way. If one in 5 have voted, then perhaps IL should be like other states that don't madate that people select a party. I have meet people who are good candidates on both sides of the aisle, and if you saw all the hard work it takes to run for office, you might go out and vote more often.
Abigail March 23, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Yes, this November will be another rude awakening for the "progressives." I agree with Louis, call yourselves whatever you want--you're still all liberals and easy to spot.
Joe Nelson March 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Both Republicans and Democrats do it. Just Democrats WAY more often.
Joe Nelson March 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Joe Nelson March 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM
But he is a moderate.
Joe Nelson March 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Thank you Abigail! Everybody seems to think that Dold is some kind of Reagan Conservative. He is a true moderate.
Joe Nelson March 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I have a question for all the Liberals here: When has there ever been a successful Liberal president and when has there been a successful Conservative. That's what I thought Liberals are completely unproven.
GuitarMan March 26, 2012 at 02:22 AM
@ Joe Nelson, think beyond bumper sticker comments, you are too focused on “us” and “them”. Kind of a divide and conquer view that is a stand off, and where nothing is “proven” because nothing is getting done. Everything is a mix of good & bad, including every point of view.
GuitarMan March 26, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Claude, lofty comments but since we live by the rule of law, and reg's come from our laws, what laws & regulations do you wanted changed. Try not to answer with a bumper sticker line, like "Obama Care". Idea's not bumper stickers.
GuitarMan March 26, 2012 at 02:46 AM
A budget is not passed as a matter of law, unless new spending is legislated. A continuing resolution permits a repeat of spending, i.e. paying the military or retired persons, etc. as was done in the previous fiscal period. In short, the whole operation of the government won't freeze up and come to hault. Not what you expected to hear? See article one (1) of the Constitution, which enables Congress to do what is necessary and proper to fufill its constitutional duties, which does not exclude a "continuing resolution" for current obligations. http://www.law.cornell.edu/lii/get_the_law
GuitarMan March 26, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Abigail, our economy was "devasted" on or about 2008 when Hank Paulson stepped in under the Bush administration, to prevent banks from collapsing. I know the bumper sticker response is to "let them fail", but banking includes insurance. If enough banks "failed" many commercial insurers would fail, including, for example, your car insurance. Add to that your loss in home equity, I think you are blaming a lot on Mr. Obama. Our problems, such as the deficit didn't just start in 2008. At that time the deficit was around 9 trillion. The problems we face are not solved by one line criticisms of D's or R's.
GuitarMan March 26, 2012 at 03:09 AM
What agreement with George Soros have members of Congress signed that prospectively limits a vote on taxes revenues up? The 9 trillion deficit that existed when Obama took office in part resulted from Congress's inability to raise taxes during a war. With each military in our history, Congress raised taxes to offset the cost, but not with the recent Iraq/Afgan wars. That is the difference.
Louis G. Atsaves March 26, 2012 at 03:10 AM
So Mr. Myers, are you trying to tell us that under the Obama administration which included two years of Pelosi, that there has been NO new spending in the past 3+ years? No new spending whatsoever?
RB March 26, 2012 at 03:33 AM
What do you consider to be successful? Balanced budget? Perhaps, Civil Rights Leglislation passage? Maybe, fighting, leading and winning WW2? (yes, FDR was a liberal). How about passing a universal healthcare plan? Winning a Nobel Peace Prize? Just how do you define Successful? You may view successful as tearing apart the social fabric of America. Maybe, implementing programs that have taken away more rights from Americans than any other time in history? How about warrantless searches. Oh, I know....success is having your Vice President resign before you have to, and then getting a pardon. How'd I do? Did I do a good job of separating the Successful from the Unsuccessful? Let me guess, you may define success differently?
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Illinois has a flat tax. I'm assuming by this comment that Abigail LOVES Illinois' state tax that every other conservative hates.
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Sure. That's why Schneider got slammed in the primary for donating to Republicans including Mark Kirk. Please show me where Democrats and Obama told everyone to donate to Republicans. Give it up. Dold's superfans keep trying to tell everyone he's a moderate and hoping it will stick if only they say it often enough. But his only "moderate" votes have come on meaningless preliminary maneuvers. When it comes time to cast a vote that means something, Dold votes with the Tea Party 9 times out of 10. And you guys are trying to spin that as "moderate"?
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
What's disgusting is that Dold and his superfans are trying to claim that voting with the Tea Party 9 times out of 10 makes him somehow "moderate".... There's a reason that Dold's right-hand man Louis Atsaves uses the word "moderate" so often.... They're hoping voters will buy the spin instead of looking at Dold's 89% Tea Party vote record. Voting "moderate" on a couple of meaningless throwaway votes and then flip-flopping to vote "Tea Party" on the final vote is hardly the sign of an actual "moderate". ...And Dold did vote for the Let Women Die Act He also voted *against* women's health care including against Planned Parenthood less than a day after making a Really Big Deal out of some pointless amendment that failed anyway. (Dold even mentioned it in the "update" above) Dold has even voted to end Medicare as we know it every year he's been in Congress. These are not things that a "moderate" would do. That's why his actual record, not the spin, shows Dold votes with the Tea Party 9 times out of 10.
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
The House comes up with the budget. Read the Constitution. And if the Senate hasn't "even passed a budget in over 1050 days" why is the Federal govt still operating? These Fox News talking points are lame, stale and obviously false on their face. Why do you repeat them? PS - Before you bring up the other Fox News talking point about "Obama hasn't had a budget in years" .... How did the Republican House vote on the Obama budget (they voted it down, go figure) if he hasn't offered a budget....?
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Dick Armey is running one of the Koch Brothers-funded right-wing PACs. Dold has been following the right-wing agenda 9 times out of 10. Ergo, Dold votes as Dick Armey (and the rest of the extremist right-wing cabal) tells him. Where ya been Abigail? Take a breather from Fox News every now and then to take a big wide look at reality instead of the drivel Fox propagandizes.
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Dold votes with the Tea Party 9 times out of 10. The Congressional Record doesn't lie. Are you saying that Dold casting 1 vote out of every 10 is a moderate vote? And a lot of those "1 out of 10" votes are meaningless throw aways on pointless amendments and preliminary procedural votes. Look at reality. Ignore the Dold spin.
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Dold voting with the Tea Party 9 times out of 10 is not a fib. Or do you moldy Doldys not realize that the Congressional Record exists and that anyone can look up all of Dold's votes and see for themselves? In 2010 Dold told the Tea Party that he was more conservative than he can admit. But then Dold realized he needed to put some distance between him and the Teas. So since the fall of 2010 Dold did everything he could to make it seem like he wasn't a Tea kinda guy. But Dold is still voting with the Tea Party 9 times out of 10. Or is Louis the Dold Apologist conveniently forgetting that Bob Dold TOLD that Illinois Tea Party magazine to give him a bad rating because the 10th is a moderate district????
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The last president to balance the budget and bring in a surplus to pay down the debt was Clinton. Reagan ladeled on the debt. Bush 1 did the same. Bush 2 took Clinton's surplus and exploded the debt even worse than Reagan. He spent $2trillion in just one year! But now Tea Party Republicans are trying to tell us that all that debt from Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2 is somehow Obama's fault. Puh-leez.
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Face it Robert Meyers... Joe, Louis, Abigail, Ellie, and Steven are just writing what Dold tells them to write. Dold even got caught by the Daily Herald in the 2010 race pushing fake online comments by campaign supporters. That's why you see so many Dold "supporters" laughably saying that voting with the Tea Party 9 times out of 10 is a moderate. LOL
Deep Dish Pizza April 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Abigail, the only made up thing here is this comedy that Dold is some sorta moderate. Dold and his backers used to run around saying that he has a 89% party voting record like it was some sort of good thing. Now they seemed to figure out that spin wasn't working because voting with the Tea Party 9 times out of 10 doesn't make Dold look like moderate. It makes him 89% Tea!
A. M. Kelly May 08, 2012 at 01:40 PM
RB...You are correct. Our elected representatives owe their allegiance to "We the people", not lobbyist Grover Norquist. The good of the country sometimes REQUIRES raising taxes, if not on the middle class, then certainly on the very WEALTHIEST who are currently paying next to nothing.... Even billionaire Warren Buffet knows it's ridiculous that his SECRETARY pays a lower rate of taxes than he does! This amounts to nothing more than an unfair "handout" to people who already have more than enough, and it is hurting the country tremendously.
A. M. Kelly May 08, 2012 at 02:36 PM
That's an easy one -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who historians (a traditonally conservative group) voted as THIRD greatest president in all of American history in 2009, coming after only Washington and Lincoln....Hell, even Newt Gingrich called him the "greatest president of the 20th century".


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