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Friday, September 28, 2012

 9:56 PM 

Thompson and Baldwin go on attack in first U.S. Senate debate

MILWAUKEE -- Tommy Thompson portrayed Senate opponent Tammy Baldwin Friday night as a “taxer and a spender” who is outside the mainstream while Baldwin countered that Thompson has become a tool of special interests during his time away from Wisconsin.

Both candidates came out swinging early in their first debate, sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Thompson said Baldwin has failed during her 14 years in Congress to address some of the most pressing issues facing the country.

"My opponent is so far to the extreme even her party doesn’t pass any of her legislation," Thompson said.

Baldwin countered Thompson cut a sweetheart deal with drug companies while he was Health and Human Services secretary. In her opening statement, Baldwin, D-Madison, said she has spent her time in Washington, D.C., taking on special interests to protect the middle class.

“My opponent has taken on powerful special interests as clients,” Baldwin said. “So ask yourself tonight: Who is better to represent the middle class?”

See more on Friday's debate here.

-- By Jason Smathers


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