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FOX Chicago Sunday: Dold, Schneider debate to represent 10th Congressional District

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Robert Dold (left) and Brad Schneider (right). Robert Dold (left) and Brad Schneider (right).
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The North Suburban Tenth Congressional is a district that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called critical to her hopes of grabbing the gavel back from John Boehner, the Republican who replaced her last year. In an exclusive FOX Chicago Sunday debate, Illinois' 10th district congressional candidates Robert Dold and Brad Schneider made their case for Election Day.

Freshman Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) is running for re-election in a newly redrawn Tenth District that no longer includes his home in Kenilworth.

Democratic nominee Brad Schneider, of Deerfield, has challenged Dold's claim to be one of the most bi-partisan members of the current Congress. Schneider and his allies attack Dold as a "Tea Party Republican" out of step with the ticket-splitting voters of the Tenth District.

Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican moderate, announced that Bloomberg's Super PAC would support Dold. Among other reasons, Bloomberg pointed to Dold's willingness to vote for some controls on firearms. Dold is also among a handful of current House Republicans who calls himself pro-choice on abortion.

Schneider attacked Dold's stance on Medicare and Social Security: "My opponent has voted not once, but twice to convert Medicare to a voucher program. He supported privatizing Social Security. As a Congressman, I will strongly oppose both efforts."

Dold countered that he voted to protect the financial future of both programs.

Republicans have attacked Schneider as a "radical" who would raise income taxes on middle-class families. Schneider said he would not support raising taxes on typical working families.

On the FOX Chicago Sunday debate, the candidates faced off on major issues such as jobs, economy, taxes, medicare, Obamacare, gun control, and the Middle East. They also fielded questions from FOX viewers through social media.

Right off the start, Republican Robert Dold told Democrat Brad Schneider that he shouldn't be using the label "tea party Republican" for him.

"This is the list of all 435 members of the House of Representatives; 100% with their parties at the top of the listing. It continues to go down. At the bottom here is where I stand," Dold said. "All of these folks, over 400 of these folks vote with their party more than I do"

For his part, Democrat Schneider complained that Republicans are falsely caricaturing him as a big taxer-and-spender.

"Just a flat-out lie and it's an absurd attack," Schneider exclaimed. "But let me be very clear about it. I stand with this President. We need to continue the current tax rates for middle-class families. All income under $250,000, we should keep at the current tax rate. We have to address our fiscal deficits."

Punching and counter-punching all the way, the two men had substantive exchanges on a series of issues: changes they'd make to the President's health care law, Obamacare; how they'd balance the budget; and, on foreign policy, whether they'd green light an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear bomb-making facilities.

DISTRICT CHANGES

Dold and Schneider are running to represent the 10th district, which has new boundaries for this election. The district covers a piece of the north suburbs as it did when Rep. Dold was first elected in 2010 to fill U.S. Senator Mark Kirk's former seat. It now includes much of Lake County, all the way to the Wisconsin border, and parts of northern Cook County. Once strongly Republican, the area's voters are now split--more than 60% voted for President Obama in 2008, but supported Kirk for Senate in 2010.

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