Our View: Thompson is best Senate choice
Based on the background of each candidate, and their voting records, former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson is the best choice in the upcoming United States Senate race in Wisconsin.
Thompson has the knowledge and experience to represent Wisconsin well. He served as a popular governor from 1987 until 2001 and was able to work with people on both sides of the political fence -- he demonstrated leadership and the ability to compromise. After his stint as governor, he served as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. That knowledge would be helpful as the country continues to deal with health care issues.
Thompson had a strong pro-business record as Wisconsin's governor and his experience would be very helpful if he's elected to the U.S. Senate.
His Democratic opponent, Madison Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, is considered by many to be the most liberal member of Congress. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a supporter of Thompson, said Baldwin has supported business only 13 percent of the time in her house votes in 2010 and 2011.
There are many areas where Baldwin and Thompson disagree, including Obamacare (Thompson wants to repeal, Baldwin voted to support and said she didn't think Obamacare went far enough); the deficit (Thompson wants to cut spending, Baldwin voted to support multi-trillion dollar deficits) and more.
Perhaps the area of biggest disagreement is regarding the middle class. Thompson supports tax cuts to benefit the middle class and Baldwin claims she stands for working people too. "People feel that Washington isn't listening to the struggles of middle class families and that's why Wisconsin needs a senator who will," she said during a recent debate with Thompson. "I've spent my time in Washington being a voice for the struggles of middle class families and standing up to powerful interests."
But she voted against HR 4853, which would have extended unemployment insurance benefits for 13 months and cut the employee portion of the Social Security tax by two percentage points.
Thompson survived a tough August primary, but it left him broke. Trailing Baldwin in cash on hand, $3.2 million to $350,000 as of the end of July, he found himself "exhausted" and "a million dollars in the hole" by the end of the mid-August primary, he recently told the National Review.
While Thompson regrouped, Baldwin and liberal groups jumped on the airwaves. In less than a month Thompson went from a comfortable high single-digit lead in public polls to trailing by the same margin.
In recent weeks however, Thompson's campaign returned to high gear, the race has tightened with the most recent polls showing Baldwin with a narrow edge.
Considering the two candidates, we believe, Tommy Thompson is the best voice for Wisconsin. Because of his experience and knowledge of the issues, we support his election to the Senate on Nov. 6.