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Congressional race featured on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Two of the four Democrats vying to replace Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District are featured on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

State Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) says experience matters in a congressional race and claims he's the candidate that has it.

"I've been in the legislature for 14 years, before that on the Dane County Board.  I've got a long, long list of accomplishments and experience that no one else really matches in this district," said Pocan.

Fellow state representative and opponent Kelda Roys (D-Madison) has bashed Pocan for being the only candidate in the race to take corporate PAC money.

But Pocan says Roys is being disingenuous about her own donations.

"If you take money from corporate lawyers, if you take money from corporate executives, if you take money from corporate lobbyists, which, other people in this campaign do, you just don't take it when its called a PAC check, its the exact same money," said Pocan.

If elected, Pocan says he will continue to work with Republicans as he has in the state legislature.

"You don't have to compromise your values, like I said there are absolutes that I'm gonna fight for and that I've fought for my entire career, nothing's gonna change there," said Pocan.  "But we do have to get something done."

That's the same philosophy shared by Matt Silverman, an Iraq War veteran who wants to bring both parties back to the middle.

"We only get to send one rep to Congress from the 2nd District.  So, its either gonna be someone who wants to work with Republicans, or someone who doesn't.  And more extremists politicians in Washington is not the answer," said Silverman, who is running for political office for the first time.

Silverman is bucking conventional wisdom by refusing to actively fundraise for his campaign.

"I think the money in politics is destroying our government.  And I think the fact that our politicians are out there begging for it everyday is really hurting their performance," said Silverman.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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