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Tommy Thompson Announces He's Running for U.S. Senate

Large crowd shows up to support former Wisconsin governor, a Republican, in election campaign kick-off.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican, announced his plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl on Thursday in front of a large crowd of energetic supporters who came to back his campaign.

Thompson, who entered the room to cheers of “Tommy, Tommy” and music blaring, cited the nation’s growing debt and increased government spending, programs and regulations under President Barack Obama’s administration as reasons why he decided to seek election.

“I am not running on what we have accomplished in the past or to further a career,” Thompson said. “I am running to help America reclaim its future and its destiny – for my children and grandchildren and your children and grandchildren.”

Thompson’s announcement was made at Weldall Manufacturing, which has recently expanded operations in Waukesha. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pointed out Thursday that while Thompson had been critical of stimulus money, Weldall received the federal funds to assist with its expansion.

Meanwhile, both the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin issued statements about Thompson’s campaign.

"With today’s announcement by former Governor Tommy Thompson, voters have gained another strong conservative choice in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate,” said Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Brad Courtney in a prepared statement. “Thompson joins an impressive field of GOP candidates with proven track records of job creation and fiscal responsibility. We look forward to contrasting the accomplishments of the GOP field with the failures of Barack Obama and Tammy Baldwin.”

Former Congressman Mark Neumann and State Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald also plan on seeking election in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s communications director, Graeme Zielinski, took Thompson to task in an e-mail to Wisconsin reporters, saying the Thompson had changed positions in areas of stem cell research, health care reforms, concealed carry and other areas.

“In Tommy Thompson’s latest bid for the spotlight of public office, Thompson has had to flip-flop, bend, contort, and in many cases simply run away from his previous record on the issues,” Zielinski said.

Craig December 05, 2011 at 05:12 PM
KCG: You have proven you know what a Cap button is- good for you. One question mark is all that is required when writing in the English language, I guess the button got sticky when you swam across the river?
Steve December 05, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Yep, not a socialist and doesn't vote present. My kind of Senator
Robert W Farkas December 05, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Regarding the language issue, if for no other reason, the cost of printing, posting and publishing official documents in multiple languages is costly. It is the responsibility of the guest or immigrant to learn the language or provide their own accurate translation. If a business elects to be bilingual or multilingual for their own gain that is their choice in the capitalist society. I as a tax payer do not want the additional expense.
kcg December 05, 2011 at 06:57 PM
For Craig: Additional question marks are used for emphasis. I assume you mistook the hyphen key (after the first "is" in your comment) for the period key. The comma key (after the word "language") was also used for the period key. The period key is used to set off complete sentences. Perhaps a review of the concept of "Run-On Sentences" would not be remiss.
Bob McBride December 05, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Are we done with punctuation and capitalization? If so, let's move on to where to place replies so that they form a contiguous thread.

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