Thompson Calls Baldwin 'Anti-Jewish' for Stance on Iranian Sanctions

Strong words address congresswoman's changing votes on Iranian sanctions, but former governor goes farther in questioning Baldwin's support for the Jewish people.

In a wide-ranging attack on his opponent in the U.S. Senate race, Republican Tommy Thompson on Sunday called Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin "anti-Jewish" and "anti-Israel."

It was far stronger language than Thompson had previously used in charging that Baldwin had repeatedly voted against having the U.S. impose sanctions on Iran before consistently voting for them only since beginning her Senate campaign.

"Tammy Baldwin, her whole record is anti-Israel," Thompson said at a press conference in Wauwatosa. "She voted for the first time for the sanctions three months ago because she knew she was running for the U.S. Senate. That is the lamest excuse I've ever heard.

"She's anti-Israel, she's anti-Jewish and she's trying to now somehow obfuscate her views and her intentions," the former governor added.

The Baldwin campaign was quick to respond that Thompson was off base.

"First, it's flat-out false," said John Kraus, Baldwin's campaign manager. "It's a dishonest and desperate charge."

Pointing out that Baldwin had just spoken Sunday morning at the Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, where Kraus said she was well-received, he said: "I think that shows just how desperate it is."

He also noted that Baldwin had voted for $35 billion in aid to Israel.

Wisconsin Politifact did on Sept. 28 rate Baldwin's voting record on Iranian sanctions a "Full Flop," but the "anti-Jewish" label has not been stuck on her before at this level.

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Thompson also assailed Baldwin's record overall and in particular on Medicare, which he said under Democratic policy "is going broke in the year 2022 or 2024.

"Tammy Baldwin is standing by, playing her harp...while Rome is burning — and while we are seeing Medicare go bankrupt," he said. "And the worst thing for us to do for the seniors of America, for the seniors of Wisconsin, is to allow Medicare to go broke.

"Because if Medicare goes broke, those individuals that rely upon that safety net are going to end up without Medicare."

Thompson said his plan would allow those now on Medicare to stay on it, while allowing those who turn 55 in 2022 to choose between continuing the current Medicare plan or the federal health insurance plan, "the same program that Congress is on, the same program the president is on."

Kraus responded: "For four years, Thompson was in charge of Medicare, and during those four years, he ran it nine years closer to bankruptcy.

"Meanwhile, he cut sweetheart deals with the drug companies, and when he left that job he cashed in and went to work with a lobbying group in Washington, D.C., cutting deals that would provide huge profits to insurance companies," Kraus said.

"Who better than him to do away with Medicare and Medicaid?" Kraus asked. "Tammy Baldwin voted against that sweetheart deal and has introduced legislation to end it.

"With one vote, she did more to extend Medicare than he did in four years." 

pupdog1 October 16, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Tommy is just what we need right now--another aging sellout political hack who has never worked a day in his life. Tommy had no clue while Secretary of HHS (Bush had to backbench him very quickly as he made a public fool of himself one too many times). He was in so far over his head I actually felt sorry for him. Always willing to profit from his influence, this is an especially chilling bit of Neofascism courtesy of Wikipedia... "Shortly after leaving his Bush Cabinet post, Thompson joined and served for two years on the board of directors of Applied Digital Solutions, makers of the controversial VeriChip: a glass-encapsulated RFID chip that can be injected into human flesh for various database-driven identification purposes." Reminds me of Michael Chertoff, then-head of the DHS, hyping his naked body scanner airport machines.
James R Hoffa October 16, 2012 at 07:03 AM
@Lyle - How exactly does one distinguish between a mainstream group and an extremist group?
Luke October 16, 2012 at 09:26 AM
@pull my string Lyle Ruble... She voted against similar sanctions several times under Bush too. Unfortunately for your theory, Thompson's explanation makes a lot of sense, given our historical purview. Tammy is now voting with an eye to the Senate position. That was not previously the case.
Tansandy October 16, 2012 at 09:48 AM
"another aging sellout political hack who has never worked a day in his life." Are you talking about Reid and Pelosi here???
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Well Fannypacker is still using his projection strategies. Exposes her/him for what he/she is made of. Craig is back to not reading the comments and redundantly repeating questions already answered. Similar to what they claim as their leaders strategies, when it comes to debates. Here is one exhibiting same old mythical right wing propaganda; {Remember when Ryan said; “It took the president two weeks to acknowledge that [the Libya attack] was a terrorist attack.”} Obama used the word “terrorism” to describe the killing of Americans the very next day at the Rose Garden. “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” Obama said in a Rose Garden statement on September 12. {R} lies once again nothing new here. Now Tommy is out with his bold face distorted truths. Figures it’s the end game so lying will win the day for him.Tommy/Ryan just more sheep for the no,no,no, party of leadership. ..
Lyle Ruble October 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM
@Johnny Blade...You better do your research. Iran is in the midst of a financial crisis because they don't have enough reserve currency in either gold or dollars. People in the nation are hoarding both and inflation is out of control.
Lyle Ruble October 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM
@3393...Iran may want to destroy Israel, but they're not stupid. Intent and action are two separate things.
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Nothing new with AWD. Oozing with low self esteem and having an EYOR mentality. Already betting against his own country? Typical symptom from Tea Intoxication.
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Well said Robert Merlin.
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM
3393 your comment is 89'ed... False. Typical republican lies and deciets.
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Caught on tape! Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson addressed the Tea Party recently and said this: "Who better than me, that's already finished one of the entitlement programs [as governor], to come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare?" Emulates Romney’s 47% under the bus ideology. We can expect he will be for Vouchers to feed the Vultures . Imagine had Bush gotten his way and passed his bill for Privatization of S.S. All those pensions would have been wiped out by the Great Recession. Our Main Street USA would have been littered with the homeless retirees. Desolation Row would once again thrive. Ahhh The republican way.. Lies/ deceits;
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Well said Lee. Reminds me of their blowhard so called leader of the right wing nuts. Remember when Ryan said; “The administration was blocking us every step of the way. Only because we had strong bipartisan support for these tough [Iran] sanctions were we able to overrule their objections and put them in spite of the administration.” Party of no, no, no integerity. Even the Israeli President has effusively praised President Obama’s leadership on getting American and international sanctions on Iran, which have significantly slowed Iran’s progress. Republicans infamous for lies/deceits. They even put their lies out in broad sight figuring that their constituents are significantly uneducated and will never comprehend the errors of their ways. Romney/Tommy have already decided 47% under the bus. Now when they get there. They will start to make room for another 43% that will soon be following. Ahhh the fragrant odor of plutocracy. The cologne of republicans.
Lyle Ruble October 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM
@JRH...As far determining main stream and extremest groups in the Jewish Community is quite simple for Jews. We have our main stream organizations such as AIPAC. AIPAC is supported by the majority of Jews and EIC is not. In addition, if one reads the current debate between Jewish intellectuals, you'd understand the issues. This has everything to do with internal issues within Israel and Netanyahu attempting to hold onto his coalition. Iran is held to be the common enemy of Israel and the U.S. As the game has changed in the mid-east, some are resisting changes to the new conditions on the ground.
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Bert; Republicans have had a growing division within their so called solidarity. The young republicans before the elections were asked for their support. They gave it reluctantly saying that the present political strategy was to far right and will serve to defeat them. Another group Known as the progressive republicans have similar views as the rifts widen. Reminds me of Theodore Roosevelt. Perhaps with a resounding defeat in this election cycle will stimulate the return of the “Grand Old Party” once again. They have been sorely missed ever since Eisenhower retired.
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Republicans introducing the “Poison Pill” back in 2003 to Medicare was a crippling blow of $50 Billion loss per year to the elderly. Consider 9 years times $50 Billion = $450 Billion loss, that our elderly are being demanded to pay for. Tommy/Ryan are from the same flock of sheep. Tommy boastfully states he is best suited to destroy Medicare and perhaps invasions S.S as expendable as well. Austerity has and is proven every day with their failures on financial concerns. Europe with their double dip recessions that Obama avoided by using the F.D.R./ Marrimer Eccles economic solutions that saved us from the Great Depression. Obama saved us from a depression and ended the Great Recession in 27 months . Great Depression took13 years! Now Tommy/ Ryan/Romney promote precisely the same policies of deregulations as what got us into the Great Depression and the Great Recession. Ahh but then that is what conservatives are traditionalist, reluctant to change from status quo of failing polices of austerity.
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM
LOL you have answered your own question. Nothing new about "Anti" anything with republicans. Remember "Party First" of no, no, no, leadership...Hostage/Ransom political strategies. I can see why your confused... To many Hoffas!
H.E. Pennypacker October 16, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Lyle Ruble, Your ignorance is only exceeded by your arrogance. I am always amazed at the childlike naivety of the 60's burnout liberals and their understanding of evil nations. Russia seals $US4.2bn Iran arms deal http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=804011
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Has anybody else noticed how the right wing comments can be all added together and we reach what scientist in Physics have been trying to achieve for over a century and still cannot achieve it. Where in as our right wingers do it every day. They obtain absolute zero. Ever wonder why and how money is flowing to Obama and the Federal coffers? Romney needs to be careful now. Softly back pedaling.. Bain is on the list. Whistle-Blower Lawyers Throw Support Behind Obama By ERIC LIPTON Published: October 1, 2012 By ERIC LIPTON Attorneys who represent whistle-blowers have made millions as the Obama administration cracks down on corporate fraud, and are now donating heavily to the president's re-election campaign. The single biggest fund-raiser is John Morgan, a Florida-based lawyer. He has collected more than $1.7 million for Mr. Obama’s re-election or for the Democratic National Committee, making him one of the campaign’s biggest bundlers nationwide. He has also raised money for Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat running for the United States Senate. Ms. Warren served as interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, also created as part of the Dodd-Frank law. Mr. Morgan, in an interview, said his support for Mr. Obama and Ms. Warren was entirely motivated by his admiration for their leadership in Washington. End page 1 continue
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Page 2 of “The Whistle Blowers” . Mr. Morgan’s fund-raising blitz occurred just as he was expanding his personal injury and trial law practice into the whistle-blower field, with a television advertising campaign and new Web site, named whistle-blower-attorneys.com. “America is full of crooks who are defrauding the government and investors every day,” Mr. Morgan said. “We are talking about billions of dollars in ill-gotten gains. We win one case and it will pay for our entire national advertising budget.” Regulations, Regulation. Is What Strikes fear in the corrupt and criminal. Republicans see us on the Brink as democrat see opportunity. Could this explain why, there is such a diverse view of the same equation? Republicans see a dwindling ability to extract social welfare payments from the bottom of the Pyramid scheme’s they have designed. Democrats’ see opportunity for our society by cutting welfare payments to the elitist and returning the Pyramid back to its proper position. Romney and all republicans and corporations seek to stop Obama from exposing their corruptions. While their fines go to the Fed and the gratitude of our citizens goes to Obama. Doing as he said. Holding their feet to the fire!
oak creek resident October 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
@Lyle Some backup on just what groups israelis support, instead of your own word?
CowDung October 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I dunno Lyle, Ahmadinejad comes pretty close to contradicting your 'but they're not stupid' claim...
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Johnny Blade; You are in error to think our currencies are based solely on energy. Energy is but one component. A tad more research you require in economics 101. Just as this 3393 with his chicken do little warring speculations. Just as all Nuclear Nations discovered. Just a whiff of a nuclear attack by any nation will bring about their annihilation. Including Russia and our dear old USA. Iran may be as naive as our politicians want us to believe but Iran is not stupid as you make them out to be. Your judgments are based on your lack of discipline to control your basic prejudices. Which 89s your comments. Remember when Ryan spun this yarn “When they see us putting – when they see us putting daylight between ourselves and our allies in Israel, that gives them encouragement.” The Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, told CNN, “President Obama is doing … more than anything that I can remember in the past [in regard to our security].”
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
No, no, no, Tansandy. Pup dog is closer to correct than your illusions of dellusions.
pupdog1 October 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
It goes without saying that I am also talking about Reid and Pelosi (the iguana).
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 06:27 PM
PUP Dogy that is why I said you were closer to correct but not sufficant to say you are correct. Your red skirts are showing.
Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Fannypacker worried about Russia’s arms deal of a mere 2bn. Should have been around for the Iran Contra arms deal. So just what is your point. Trying to compete with “chicken little”? Red Herring; Back to issues. Remember when Ryan spewed this dysfunctional tax plan; “You can – you can cut tax rates by 20 percent and still preserve these important preferences for middle-class taxpayer. It is mathematically possible. It’s been done before. It’s precisely what we’re proposing.” Mr. Romney Needs a Working Calculator Published: October 15, 2012 To the annoyance of the Romney campaign, members of Washington’s reality-based community have a habit of popping up to point out the many deceptions in the campaign’s blue-sky promises of low taxes and instant growth. The latest is the Joint Committee on Taxation, an obscure but well-respected Congressional panel — currently evenly divided between the parties — that helps lawmakers calculate the effect of their tax plans. Mitt Romney says he can lower tax rates by 20 percent and pay for it by ending deductions. The joint committee’s math makes it clear that that is impossible. The analysis doesn’t include every possible tax expenditure, leaving out, for example, the tax break employers get for providing health insurance. But because Mr. Romney refuses to raise capital gains taxes and wants to end the estate tax, it is hard to see how he could do much better than 4 percent.... Lie/Deciet
Luke October 18, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Oh Tammmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyy! http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/baldwin-gets-nearly-60000-from-group-against-iranian-sanctions-r678ui7-174672521.html
H.E. Pennypacker October 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Wisconsin’s Next Senator? Watch Tammy B Dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7YDaXqyL-Y
Luke October 19, 2012 at 05:01 AM
When is Tammy Baldwin going to acknowledge the elephant in the room? http://mediatrackers.org/2012/10/18/shock-baldwin-wanted-to-block-funding-for-body-armor-for-troops-in-combat/
DICK STEINBERG October 29, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Be realistic. Not every ethnic person likes every person in their own ethnic group. It is not impressive to praise an ethnic group for political purposes.


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