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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-01

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Lining Up On Issues

In U.S. Senate race, both candidates work
to earn every vote, despite polling information
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bill that allows Americans to re-import
American-made drugs from Canada,
some of which are sold there at one-
third the price." He also promotes "the
use of generic drugs by closing some of
the loopholes in our patent laws."
Raczkowski said his prescription
drug plan would be similar to the one
he has supported in Lansing. The plan
allows states to purchase drugs in bulk,
thereby lowering prices. He also sup-
ports creation of a "prescription drug
card for seniors that pharmacists would
be able to swipe in order to see what
prescriptions each senior is on, in order
to prevent costly drug interactions."
Levin supports galvanizing the
United Nations to deal with Iraq's
Saddam Hussein and believes a go-it-
alone approach "could have serious
short-term and long-term conse-
quences for U.S. interests in the
Middle East and around the world."
"Saddam is a problem for the entire
world, not just the United States,"
Levin said. "The U.S. is more likely to
disarm. Iraq and possibly avoid war if
Saddam, when he .stares down the bar-
rel of a gun, sees the world at the
other end, not just the United States."
Raczkowski said Hussein "has basi-
cally laughed at resolution after resolu-
tion put forth by the United Nations
since the end of the Gulf War."
"We need to make sure he follows
those resolutions and allows the U.N.
weapons inspectors to inspect every
inch of that country," Raczkowski
said. "Instead of waiting for him to
obtain a weapon of mass destruction
and worrying about when — not if,
but when — he is going to use it, we
need to prevent him from getting one
in the first place."
Raczkowski said he believes President
George W. Bush will be able to secure a
multi-national coalition to assist us in
confronting Iraq, "but I would also
encourage the United Nations in sup-
porting our efforts as well."
Levin supports the Brady Law and the
assault-weapons ban and is a co-sponsor
of a bill to close the gun show loophole.
"This legislation would simply apply
existing law requiring background
checks on gun purchasers to people
who buy guns at gun shows," Levin

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t may be a race that pits a well-
established Michigan legend
against a young up-and-corner
trailing by 27 points and a cam-
paign budget at a 25 percent disadvan-
tage, but to U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-
Mich., and State Rep. Andrew "Rocky"
Raczkowski, R-Farmington Hills, it's as
if they're running neck and neck.
Levin has raised more than $4.2
million in campaign funds, and
although his Senate schedule has limit-
ed his campaign time, he said he has
used "every available minute" to take
his message to the voters.
"Any candidate for any political office
has to earn every vote," Levin said.
Raczkowski has raised nearly
$800,000 and, according to an Oct.
16 EPIC-MRA of Lansing poll, cap-
tures 30 percent of the vote to Levin's
57 percent.
Although both candidates heavily sup-
port Israel, Raczkowski has challenged
Levin on nearly every other issue.
Levin said, "Social Security taxes
should be used to pay benefits to
today's retirees and to strengthen the
program in anticipation of the retire-
ment of the next generation of retirees,
the baby boom generation."
He has co-sponsored legislation to
prevent raids on Trust Fund revenues
and voted against the use of the Social
Security surplus to give tax cuts
"mainly to the wealthiest Americans."
Raczkowski said Social Security
should be moved back to a separate
fund, and not lumped into the federal
government's general fund like it is now.
"If Social Security is accessible
through the general fund, the
Washington politicians cannot keep
their hands off of it," he said. "It
should be kept in its own fund, out of
the reach of the Congress."
Levin supports adding an optional
prescription drug benefit to Medicare
and allowing drug re-importation
from Canada.
He co-sponsored a bill that would cre-
ate a universally available, but voluntary
prescription drug benefit in the Medicare
program. Levin also was co-sponsor of a

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