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Wisconsin U.S. Senate Race Roundup: July 10

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.

Wisconsin GOP, Thompson Blast Baldwin on New Medicare Ad

Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin's latest ad, which rails against cuts to Medicare and Social Security, is drawing cries of dishonesty from Republicans.

In the ad, titled "Rock," Baldwin says her upbringing by her grandparents taught her the value of those programs for the elderly.

"When people in Washington talk about slashing Medicare benefits instead of asking millionaires to pay their fair share, I know it's wrong," Bladwin says in the ad.

Republicans were quick to respond.

After the ad was released Monday, the Republican Party of Wisconsin fired a press release claiming that her support for the Affordable Care Act — so called "Obamacare" — doesn't gel with her pro-Medicare message.

"While pointing fingers at her colleagues across the aisle, she once again refuses to admit or discuss the fact that this poorly thought out policy cuts Medicare by more than half a trillion dollars," the RPW statement read.

The campaign of Tommy Thompson, one of four Republicans running for the Senate seat, blasted Baldwin's vote against Medicare Advantage, which, the campaign said, affected more than 200,000 people in Wisconsin.

Democrats Blame Tea Party for 'Out-of-Control' GOP Primary

If you're bogged down trying to follow the crowded GOP field vying for the  Senate nomination, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin says the far fright is to blame.

In a press release citing Thompson's former support for the Affordable Care Act, Eric Hovde's connection to bank bailouts and Mark Neumann's reciept of stimulus money, Wisconsin Democrats claim that those GOP contenders are overlooking the major issues facing Wisconsin in their quest to satisfy Tea Parties and "extremists."

"It is clear that the candidates for the Republican Senate nomination will talk about anything but the bread-and-butter issues facing average Wisconsinites as they worry about their economic security," Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate said in the release.

Thompson Picks Up Endorsement from Dairy Group

The Dairy Business Association of Wisconsin endorsed Thompson Monday, citing his pro-dairy record as Wisconsin governor.

"Tommy has a history of getting results," read a press release from the group. "DBA is confident he will continue to work to reform the federal government by repealing Obamacare, putting a hard cap on government spending and reducing the deficit so we all have a brighter future."

The dairy association went so far as to attribute the health of Wisconsin's dairy industry to Thompson's actions as governor.

"Tommy led the charge to improve rural Wisconsin by setting policies that encouraged farming profitability, creating the vibrant $26.5 billion dairy industry we have today," group President Jerry Meissner said.

morninmist July 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Here yah go Hoff SnarkyProgressive ‏@snarkylibdem RT @jimacostacnn: Headlines are not pretty in London this morning for Romney http://instagr.am/p/NlJbpIAuez/ View photo
James R Hoffa July 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
@morninmist - Snarky - not really. Moronic - definitely!
Greg July 27, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I really don't think Obama would like you bringing up the Olympics. The 2009 fiasco with Michelle and Oprah is still a sore spot. Romney's Olympic record is pretty good, especially when compared to Obama's.
celador2 August 28, 2012 at 06:43 AM
The presidential race is now in play with Ryan on the ticket. With TommyThompson as Senate candiate he may help pull R-R across finish line. Obama is avoiding the state. He would get the Barrett vote but needs indeps who backed Walker in recall.
celador2 September 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Tommy won with over 60% even higher every time he ran for governor. He says he carried Dane county in 1998. He has the mo and the magic to win statewide. Tommy will help pull Romney and Ryan over the finish line.

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