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Thompson says Baldwin is misrepresenting his record


Altoona (WQOW)- A former Wisconsin governor visited the Chippewa Valley Monday and sat down with WQOW News 18 to talk about his race for a U.S. Senate seat.  Tommy Thompson says the reason he's fallen behind Congressman Tammy Baldwin in the latest polls comes down to money.

Thompson stopped at the Altoona Family Restaurant for breakfast and to shake hands and talk with potential voters.  Polls show Thompson's lead over Baldwin has disappeared.  Last week, a poll conducted by Marquette University showed Baldwin ahead of Thompson by four points.

"At the end of the primary, I was broke," Thompson explains. "We ended up $1 million in debt in the campaign.  We had to raise some money.  She had $4 million in cash.  She didn't have a primary.  And she used all of her money to demagogue and misrepresent and lie about my record."

Thompson says one ad in particular caught his attention.  In the ad, Thompson says 'Who better than me to do away with Medicaid and Medicare?'

"It was completely taken out of context," Thompson says.  "What I said is I want to stop the bankruptcy of Medicare."

Baldwin's campaign says the video was from an appearance in Oconomowoc before the primary.  Her campaign says Thompson already had a chance to do something about the insolvency of Medicare when he was the Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bush.  Baldwin's camp says he only made the situation worse.

"The only chance she's got is to tear me down.  She's passed three bills.  The main one was renaming a post office; while my record is so complete, welfare reform, healthcare reform, tax reform, job creation, all of these things I've had a tremendous record on.  She has none and all she can do is attack, Thompson says. "I am the individual that personifies bi-partisanship because I got both political parties for 14 years to work together; monumentally changes for the betterment of the citizens of the state of Wisconsin."

Earlier Monday morning, the NRA announced its support for Thompson in Chippewa Falls.  Baldwin was meeting with potential voters in Appleton. The race between Thompson and Baldwin is very important because it could determine which party has majority control of the senate.

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