Wisconsin U.S. Senate Race Roundup: July 13

Here are the latest updates from the campaign trail in the race to be the next U.S. senator from Wisconsin.

Leading up to the Aug. 14 primary, Patch will regularly bring you the latest news from the campaigns for Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seat in play this election cycle.

Thompson Picks up Corn Growers' Endorsement

The Wisconsin Corn Growers' Association political action committee gave a nod to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson Thursday, citing his history as a Wisconsin legislator and governor.

"Governor Thompson has always understood the challenges farmers face from over regulation," said WCGA President Brian Long in a press release. "From Governor Thompson's days in the State Assembly, through his years as our governor, he has always been one of the strongest advocates farmers have."

Thompson from a Wisconsin dairy producers' group.

Neumann: 'If the Election Were Held Today, We'd Lose'

In an email to supporters Thursday, GOP Senate candidate Mark Neumann made a rather frank plea for campaign donations.

"We’d lose for two reasons," Neumann said in the email. "1. Our enemies in the Establishment who desperately want to prevent a conservative majority in the Senate are twisting arms and doing everything they can to stop us, and 2. We are being dramatically outspent."

Neumann's email comes after a new Marquette University poll that pits Thompson against GOP contender Eric Hovde, with Neumann trailing.

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In another email Thursday, the Neumann campaign summarized Neumann's three campaign stops that day, during which he "blasted" Obama on the Affordable Care Act, calling it a "tax increase."

"ObamaCare is the biggest tax increase in American history," Neumann was quoted in the campaign release. "President Obama and his cronies in Congress rammed ObamaCare down the throats of the American people and now they’re making taxpayers swallow their $76.8 billion tab. That’s 76.8 billion reasons to repeal ObamaCare."

Check back at Patch.com for more updates on the Senate race.

Paul July 13, 2012 at 09:47 PM
@Gary - They don't do the right thing anymore because now they only do what keeps their corporate masters profitable so they're guaranteed campaign financing.
morninmist July 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Lovely to see the TeaRepubs beating themselves up--while the adult talks common sense. The Capital Times ‏@CapTimes Op/Ed: Baldwin’s the only adult in the Senate race http://dlvr.it/1rydd9 .......Only one Senate candidate is speaking seriously about moving forward. That’s Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Madison, the only Democrat in the race. On Nov. 6 she will face the winner of the Aug. 14 Republican primary “We’ve spent two years debating it. Now it’s time to put it into place,” says Baldwin. “We need to pull together and make this law work for Wisconsin families.” Baldwin understands that the ACA, while imperfect, will bring down health care costs — especially for Wisconsin businesses. “(Wisconsin) is a big manufacturing state and it means a lot to our economy,” she says. “Unfortunately, on those issues there’s been virtual silence from my prospective opponents.” Baldwin bluntly declares that she is “disappointed to see my potential Republican opponents say they’d simply rip up this decision and start over. It’s not what the people want, and it’s not what I want. It’s time to move forward and get the job done.” That’s a serious response. An adult response. Unfortunately, Baldwin’s opponents are acting like political children. They did not get their way, so they are throwing tantrums...
obtw July 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
So when the Jim Crow laws were put in place would Baldwin also have said "We’ve spent two years debating it. Now it’s time to put it into place. Opponents say they’d simply rip up this decision and start over. It’s not what the people want." Would that also have been "an adult response"?
Lyle Ruble July 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
@obtw...For those who want ACA; what are they not people too?
obtw July 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
@Lyle...For those who wanted Jim Crow; what are they not people too? I was using Baldwin's comments about ACA to illustrate that the same could have been said for for the Jim Crow laws. Unless I was too too obtuse, I'll clarify. Just because it's a law, doesn't mean it's a good law. I think we currently have plenty of bad laws on the books.


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