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Tommy Thompson, Tammy Baldwin Confirm 3 U.S. Senate Debates

The candidates agreed to square off once in Wausau and twice in Milwaukee over the next six weeks.

Tommy Thompson and Tammy Baldwin have agreed to three televised debates prior to the Nov. 6 general election for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Herb Kohl.

Two debates will be in Milwaukee and one in Wausau:

"We need a new direction for our country, a direction that leaves our country in better shape for our children and grandchildren," said Thompson, the former governor and GOP nominee, in a press release Monday. "Voters deserve to hear my opponent defend the record $16 trillion in debt driven by out-of-control government spending."

Baldwin, a U.S. Representative, aims to keep the seat for the Democrats as the GOP tries to gain control of the Senate with an eye on repealing the Affordable Health Care Act. She agreed to three debates last month; Thompson confirmed Monday he would participate.

“We know how much Republicans like talking to an empty chair, but not us,” said John Kraus, communications director for the Baldwin campaign. “We are excited that Thompson has decided to follow Tammy’s lead and accept our debate challenge.”

Nurse Ratchet September 11, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Ask the candidates where they stand on the huge VA benefit cuts in the Romney-Ryan budget. VETERANS BEWARE...Ryan has cut VA benefits and the Senate has voted it through. Republican desperately need their Congressional candidates to win in order for them to pass this bill in the House, They only need a hand full of seats. Altschuler is the key link. Read the NY Times today. Take your time, it's a bit complicated, which is what Romney and Ryan hoped for, so us veterans wouldn't be able to understand it. It comes down to one thing and one thing only: Both Romney and Ryan must tell the truth to veterans "There are NO CUTS in the Ryan Budget to VA benefits" or they're lying to us. The NYTimes and Congressional Budget Office make it clear...HUGE CUTS have been made. Read the article: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/edsall-the-ryan-sinkhole/?nl=opinion&emc=edit_ty_20120910 Let Romney and Ryan deny it. We HAVE read the article all the way through and it was the Romney Campaign that has sent a mumbo-jumbo of non-denial denials.
James R Hoffa September 11, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Tammy's screwed! Essentially these debates will mirror the Barrett v Walker recall debates. Tommy will offer specifics while former millionaire Tammy will push the false and ridiculous war against women and class warfare propaganda of her party, offering little else and definitely no specifics about her plan to fix the problems in Washington - because she doesn't have one! The only solutions being offered by the Democrats are to increase spending and raise taxes. And because they can't admit to this because it would spell the electoral suicide of their campaign, they attempt to hide behind the rhetoric of trashing their partisan opponents with lies. Hoffa is confident that the good people of Wisconsin will see through the smoke and mirrors the same way they did in the bogus recall election. Thompson for Senate 2012!!!
James R Hoffa September 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
@Nurse Ratchet - Stop hitting the bong! Did you even read the article? There are no "huge VA benefit cuts in the Romney/Ryan budget." The partisan biased hack piece in the NY Times today apparently did not look at the primary source document very closely, and neither did you. On page 107 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget – Fiscal Year 2013, it specifically addresses Function 700: Veterans Benefits and Services, and states: "The resolution calls for $134.6 billion in budget authority and $135.2 billion in outlays in fiscal year 2013. This is an increase of 5 percent from last year’s level. Discretionary spending is $61.3 billion in budget authority and $62.1 billion in outlays in fiscal year 2013. This resolution also provides for up to $54.5 billion in advance appropriations for medical care, consistent with the Veterans Health Care Budget and Reform Transparency Act of 2009. Mandatory spending in 2013 is $73.3 billion in budget authority and $73.2 billion in outlays. The 10-year totals for budget authority and outlays are $1.5 trillion and $1.5 trillion, respectively. This is in line with the President’s request." http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-112hrpt421/pdf/CRPT-112hrpt421.pdf As you can clearly see, the Romney/Ryan budget increases spending on VA benefits. Next time, you may want to try actually reading the primary source document yourself instead of being duped by third party partisan biased media hacks.
Angel Imyourfuture September 11, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I do not see any thing on Nimrod Allen III the Independent candidate for US Senate. Was he invited? He has a plan for thousands of NEW JOBS and Businesses! I surely hope money is not dictating who is at these debates. If a US Marine cannot get an invite something is truly wrong with this system. www.YUALLEN.com even FB @nimrodalleniiiusenate check him out! His jobs program is www.WI-FOOD.com
James R Hoffa September 11, 2012 at 04:24 AM
@Angel - Thanks for sharing - Hoffa never even heard of this candidate before. While it appears that he has a great general message, his websites are a bit confusing and difficult to navigate, and appear to be very content free as far as specifics go. Big on acronyms, big on organic agriculture, short on substance.
Angel Imyourfuture September 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
@James R Hoffa you clearly have a BIAS to the RIGHT! I can truly understand why someone at an elementary level would have difficultly navigating a website which provides CLEAR ALTERNATIVES to CAREER POLITICIANS! The fact YOU refer to yourself as 3rd person would lead one to think YOU of all bloggers would identify a 3RD Party candidate. But hey we all have our shortcomings. Guess that is what the Dems/Repubs are for. The right has HAD ITS SHOT! The TORCH NEEDS TO BE PASSED. The LEFT has NO OFFERINGS substantive to WHAT WISCONSIN NEEDS-JOBS!!! NEW BUSINESS!!! SAFE FOOD! This US Marine has spent his ENTIRE adult life SERVING America NOT trying to STAY IN POWER!~ Wisconsin LIKE America NEEDS people of PROVEN Integrity, Leadership and substance who offer CLEAR solutions over HYPE, Rhetoric and Blistering Attacks. He is BIG On URBAN AG because it is WHAT WI/we need here at home to control our food and create jobs....YES! 30,000 JOBS! No to mention 6000 NEW Small businesses. Something NEITHER Career Politician has offered or DONE! The line at the BOTTOM is SIMPLE. If you want MORE OF THE SAME, if you are JUST FINE with CORPORATIONS CONTROLLING YOUR VOTE and COULD CARELESS about the future of WISCONSIN then surely VOTE for anyone OTHER THEN NIMROD Y.U. ALLEN for US SENATE Nov 6. However if you want CHANGE NOW! JOIN a UNITED STATE of WISCONSIN for WI Need YOU to save U.S./us! VISIT www.Facebook.com/nimrodalleniiiusenate VOLUNTEER-VOTE www.YUALLEN.com!
YU Allen September 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Angela I stand with you.
Lex Parsimoniae September 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Ratchet; Besides what Hoffa already pointed out, your diatribe made no sense saying that the "...Senate has voted it through" and "Republican desperately need their Congressional candidates to win in order for them to pass this bill in the House, They only need a hand full of seats". You do of course realize that the Republicans currently control the House, and Thompson/ Baldwin are running for the Senate...correct? Completely negating your hypothesis as you have it bass ackwards.
Keith Best September 11, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Baldwin has more in common with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez then she does with the people of Wisconsin. This is why we need Tommy Thompson in the US Senate.
V. Scheurich September 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Why I will "never" vote Democratic again! http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/48634
Terry September 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM
OK, angel. You began this as an effective voice for your candidate. You brought him to our attention, and directed us to his web based voice. But when you respond to Hoffa's rather bland critique with what is more a tirade than rant, you damage your candidate. Third party candidates face an uphill battle as it is, and they can't afford to have their supporters appear as unhinged as the established candidates can get away with. I agree with Hoffa. I found the website snazzy, and intriguing. His general message is good. It may even show him worthy of being part of the discussion. But by itself it is not enough. It was light on specifics, again something that a main stream candidate can get away with, but not a third party. More work needs to be done if he wants to be considered. You caused a man like Hoffa to pause and say "hmmmm". I would have taken that as a positive sign, not grounds for a rant.
Angel Imyourfuture September 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM
@Terry one man's tirade is another WOMAN's voice. No candidate should be given a pass on specifics-NONE. The problem w/the political system is the so called people in the know -who actually know far less from those in power while demanding YES! Demanding far more from those who seek to serve. I consider it no honor to make someone pause who would otherwise damage the very freedoms & ACCESSES YES! ACCESS NOT EXCESS to those who want to continue their service not their power. Unfortunately, the latter is granted again to those in power who seek to keep it i.e. the politicians (check the definition). While people who choose to find comfort in their own ignorance continue to defend the status quo vs supporting a system of inclusion of ALL Americans no matter their pocket book or backing. The bottom of the line remains simple, no one gets a pass-EVERYONE gets a FAIR SHOT! You have a choice! As do we all. If you chose to squander that personal power by limiting its vision to see more viability in those who give less & blindly accepting their negligence over the candidate who has SHOWN more through service to COUNTRY over Corporation then you and those like you-for that shortsightedness must be ready to relinquish your position to one who is ready to do what you refuse-WHAT it TAKES TO SERVE NOT PROFIT. Then again-maybe not! Asking such of one who expects less from a seasoned candidate who should GIVE MORE, may be far too much to expect! I agree your vote belongs ELSEWHERE!
Terry September 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Lol... I once had the opportunity to attend a conference in which the key note speaker was an expert in the concept of doublespeak. He spoke for the first five minutes in this mode, and it was a fascinating experience. You could see he was talking, and you understood all the language, but it made so little sense you couldn't understand it. I feel like I am back there. I have no idea what you just said, and in all honesty I have lost interest in trying to figure it out. You caused several us to pause and consider your candidate. No mean feat in this polarized society. Instead of seizing on that opportunity, you have chosen to deride us for not seeing the shining star and throwing ourselves at his feet. Are you looking for minds that you can sway to your candidates cause? Or are you seeking followers and worshipers, willing to follow your demi-god wherever his footsteps may fall? Your two posts mark you as the second. Interest and consideration of your candidate is apparently not enough. The fact that simply hearing his name and position did not cause me to have an epiphany moment, marks me in your mind as worthy of contempt, not recruitment. That part of you post did come through loud and clear. Fine. I will not be following you to Jonestown, and I certainly won't be drinking any of your Kool-Aid.
YU Allen September 13, 2012 at 01:15 AM
@Terry I applaud your knowledge of "double speak". I quote much of Orwell's work in my posts and tweets. I also maintain the connotation within my dialogue as well. I see you were once interested and now "dis"interested in me as a candidate. Which is understandable and openly accepted. Though, you neglect to realize that for a moment you were interested in an option other than the perceived "norm". If even for a moment you gained the clarity to even consider the thought of choosing for yourself, I have found victory in my efforts. You are obviously an intelligent person, one far beyond many I have had the opportunity to engage and would like for you to consider for another moment, if only for a moment "why is freedom restricted to that of a particular party choice?" At the end of the day this election is not about candidates nor is it about demi-god worship (though I thank you for the biblical reference to King Nimrod). It is simply about you as a voter receiving clear and unbiased information from all "media" sources. If this isn't happening you should strongly ask yourself "WHY NOT?". Terry Thank you for taking a moment to consider drinking the "Kool" as I wish it will "Aid" you in your future decisions. Embrace Dark Horse Politics.
YU Allen September 13, 2012 at 01:36 AM
@Hoffa I have to honestly say thank you for even considering to look at my website. I am sure you posses a multitude of responsibilities and I respect the notion of you critiquing my site and obviously NOT discounting my views. Though, I must assure you, if I were to lay out an entire 15 point plan on a website designed to get voters to ask the question "why not consider....." I am sure the feedback would be more along the lines of "his site is too wordy (if that is even possible) and full of overreaching ideas which are well explained, yet lack the finite concise points of a, all be it, premiere candidate." Yes, I received this quote in my earlier publishes of the site I developed. The beauty of choosing to be a candidate for such a prestigious office is: if considered by the people and provided an opportunity to openly express my views in greater detail, I would encourage people like you to honestly consider your options. In the end, opinions are nothing more than what they are. Options are only options if they are considered. Change is only made when the "FEW" act upon it. I merely want you to consider your options. If you like what you see once you read the "RED" and the "BLUE" side of my site I am sure pertinent questions will arise. If you would like to continue this conversation I can be reached at 414-YU-ALLEN that is 414-982-5536. Regards, Embrace Dark Horse Politics
Angel Imyourfuture September 13, 2012 at 01:43 AM
@Terry FYI, I merely agreed with YOUR decision NOT to support him. It seems in your condemnation of my position you were even blind to acceptance of YOUR CHOICE! Hmmm! Regardless, I REST MY CASE! @YUALLEN has spoken I BOW to him and worship thee! Oh snap! Wait, that is @Terry dream not my reality. INDEPENDENCE has PREVAILED AGAIN! THINK! ACT! STAND! DEMAND CHOICE! BE INDEPENDENT! It is sure worth the EFFORT! Toodles.........lmbbao
YU Allen September 13, 2012 at 01:49 AM
@V. Scheurich "America was built by small businessmen who believed in themselves and had the audacity to take a chance on the American Dream. This is the American way. " “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I Stand with you. Embrace Dark Horse Politics
Jeff Christensen September 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Proof for this warrantless claim or just more blather?
morninmist September 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Tommy---you do NOT have a chance anymore! TheNewDeal ‏@TheNewDeal VIDEO: GOP Senate Candidate Tommy Thompson Says He Will "Do away with Medicare and Medicaid" http://bit.ly/ONUfxb Rt #WIsen #p2 #tcot Retweeted 37 times Expand Reply Retweet Favorite 1h Democratic Party WI Democratic Party WI ‏@WisDems National uproar over @TommyForWI video proclaiming it "impossible" to save Medicare http://bit.ly/SlUk0a #WISen Expand Reply Retweet Favorite 2h Democratic Party WI Democratic Party WI ‏@WisDems RT @KeithOlbermann Buh BYE Tommy RT @TPM Tommy Thompson brags he would “do away with the Medicare and Medicaid” http://tpm.ly/UFSLfo #WISen
morninmist September 27, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Slowly but surely, Tommy is putting nails into his coffin-all by himself. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/will-this-video-sink-tommy-thompsons-wisconsin-senate-hopes/262887/ Lisa Mux. ‏@Muxywithmoxie Seniors React to Tommy Thompson's Promise to Do Away with Medicare http://www.politiscoop.com/us-politics/wisconsin-politics/1538-seniors-react-to-tommy-thompson-s-promise-to-do-away-with-medicare.html via @PolitiScoop #wiunion #wipolitics
Bewildered September 29, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Slam dunk Tommy !
skinnyDUDE September 29, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Thompson Crushed Baldwin in the debate. Anyone who seen it seen a strong Thompson battling for solutions while Baldwin stood for the status quo of failure .Thompson will win ths race by at least 5 to 8 points.
James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Thompson - 1 Baldwin - 0
Bren September 29, 2012 at 03:56 AM
That's not what I saw. But especially I don't think we need another corporate crony in office. Tammy Baldwin is the best choice to protect Medicare and Social Security. Tommy is a good friend to Big Pharma, etc. No thank you.
James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 04:22 AM
@Bren - That's because you didn't watch the debate - instead, you were watching Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O'Donnell! Even the uber-liberal SanFrancisco Gate said this about Baldwin: "Baldwin, in contrast, has served seven relatively low-profile terms in the U.S. House." Confirming Tommy's charge that: "When you don't have a record, you attack the other person," the former Wisconsin governor said. "I get things done. I don't criticize the other side. I make sure things happen."" http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Thompson-goes-after-Baldwin-in-Wis-Senate-debate-3901359.php Baldwin looked weak, incompetent, and in over her head! She's going DOWN!!! ROMNEY/RYAN/THOMPSON 2012!!!

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