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politics River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing about health care reform - it's a fertile issue for rounding up campaign cash.

UW-Madison professor Charles Franklin says it's a good issue for candidates to bring up with their supporters - and they're trying to capitalize on it before voters' minds turn to other topics.

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Wausau House Democrat David Obey told supporters he was proud to hold the gavel for the final health care debate and to cast "the historic vote that Americans have been working toward for 90 years."

One of Obey's Republican opponents, Sean Duffy, called himself one of the few people "with a chance to defeat one of Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants, and restore fiscal sanity to Washington."

U.S. Senate candidate Terrence Wall of Madison is among a number of Republicans promising to "repeal and replace" the Obama health package if they get elected.

Wall is running against three-term Democrat Russ Feingold - who says he's proud to run on health reform.

Spokesman Trevor Miller said Feingold supported the fixing of a broken system that will put people in control of their own health insurance. Miller said the issue will give voters a clear choice in November. He said Feingold's people feel good about being on the right side of it.

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