COLONA -- The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, speaking at a fundraiser here on Friday, promised to fully support Bobby Schilling's election campaign.
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., spoke before 120 people at Lavender Crest Winery at the fundraiser for the former Republican congressman, who is running to reclaim the 17th Congressional District seat he lost to Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, in 2012.
Rep. Walden said that the Democratic-leaning 17th District will be more likely to favor a Republican in this year's mid-term election, which won't have President Obama at the top of the ticket.
"We are very engaged in this race," Rep. Walden said. "This is also politically a race that we can win because it's a district that, in the off-years, has proven that it will vote for Republicans up and down the ticket."
The Affordable Care Act will be a major theme of the campaign, Rep. Walden said.
Mr. Schilling is an opponent of the sweeping health-care law, which he believes has led to big insurance premium increases and too many new regulations.
Rep. Bustos generally supports the reforms ushered in by the legislation.
The law was designed to reduce the number of uninsured Americans.
It also introduced new regulations such as the provision that stops insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, a reform Mr. Schilling supports.
On Thursday, the White House announced that more than six million Americans had signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, after a recent surge in enrollment.
However, a spokesman for Rep. Bustos on Friday declined to say if she thought the law was a success at this point.
"Cheri believes every American deserves access to quality affordable health care and will continue to work to find common-sense solutions to problems identified as implementation of the Affordable Care Act moves forward," the spokesman said in an emailed statement.
Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.