Schauer defends telephone town hall

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer says he expects over 10,000 people---both supporters and opponents----to take part in a telephone town hall meeting Thursday evening. Speaking Thursday in Lansing before an invitation-only crowd dominated by senior-citizens, Schauer said the approach ensures that all voices are heard:

"We can have a much more productive conversation here, talking, where we don't have someone shouting to make sure we actually can't communicate," he said.

Several member of Congress have been shouted down recently by health care reform opponents at traditional town halls. Locally, some opponents planned a protest Thursday afternoon at Schauer's Jackson office.