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Friday, October 28, 2016

Tommy Thompson, the Republican candidate running for Senate in Wisconsin, is fighting an uphill battle to win this race. A new ad from the progressive Majority PAC bludgeons Thompson with comments he made to conservative voters back in June.

Thompson, formerly Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Bush administration, has presented himself as a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, which he says is “so deeply flawed and such a clear and present threat to our economic stability that there is no way to fix it.” He has vowed to terminate both Medicare and Medicaid, and calls himself the right man for the job.

In the video from last week, Thompson boasts of his unique credentials — “Who better than me, who’s already finished one of the entitlement programs [welfare], to come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare?”

The Majority PAC ad hits Thompson over the head with his promise to eliminate Medicare, and his “plan to cut taxes for those billion-dollar corporations he’s working for in DC, and stick middle-class families with the bill.”

The most recent RCP Average poll shows Thompson trailing 5.2 points behind his opponent, Democratic congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, 49.5 to 44.3.

When Thompson emerged the victor in the Republican primaries in August, the GOP was awash with optimism. With a six-point and nine-point lead over Baldwin in two live-caller surveys, Thompson appeared to be on track to take the Senate seat vacated by former Democratic incumbent Herb Kohl.

However, the consequences of a cutthroat and expensive primary would soon show. Thompson was forced to put his campaign on hold and focus on fundraising — they were “broke,” Thompson admitted — which allowed his Democratic opponent, Baldwin, to capitalize on the moment and campaign unopposed.

In the meantime, Baldwin has characterized Thompson as a “corporate lobbyist.” After his role as Bush’s HHS Secretary, Thompson joined the law and lobbying firm Akin Gump as a consultant. Though he was not registered as a lobbyist, he did offer advice to health care clients. Since his time in the Bush administration, Thompson’s fortune has swelled by several million dollars.

In the early stages of building a political career, Thompson held close ties to the policy organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC has been under attack in 2012 for its role in pushing the notorious voter ID bills, and the Stand Your Ground gun legislation. Mother Jones further investigates the connection between the Republican candidate and ALEC.

In the past month and a half, Baldwin has successfully mounted a strong comeback, and as Election Day rapidly approaches, the Democratic candidate appears to have the upper hand.

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  • This right-wing, tea party RethugLIArcon Tommy Thompson has shot himself in his a–! He is bought and paid for by big corporations, Koch Brothers, Adelson, ALEC and conservative RethugLIARcons. Just like Lying Romney who had his “47 % of Americans are moochers” moment, twisted-mind Thompson has has his “I’m the man to get rid of Medicare and Medicaid” moment. Well, Mr. Thompson, I certainly hope that the voters in Wisconsin get rid of you, especially seniors. How are you, your party and your supporters going to spin this? The poisonous and hate-filled words come straight from your mouth. Thompson is an enemy of the people and a tool in the hand of the right-wing extremists. Wisconsinites, don’t vote against your own self-interest for partisan reasons.

  • Wisconsin is not the only state where Tea Party candidates are refining their rhetoric to appeal to mainstream voters. Fortunately, they have an uncanny ability to shoot themselves in the foot every time they open their trap.
    Faced with dismal poll numbers the GOP has done a 180 degree turn and they now portray themselves as the champions of SS and MEDICARE desperately trying to prevent President Obama’s plan to destroy the safety net! The meaning of cynicism must be redefined when it comes to the GOP.
    The GOP ads airing in Florida accuse President Obama of destroying MEDICARE, claim the stimulus package was a failure, make him responsible for $6T in the national debt, and blame him for the high unemployment we had the last 3.5 years. GOP ads, most of them paid for by Super PACs, outnumber Democratic ads by at least two to one. They re on TV, radio, newspapers, signs on the side of most major roads, and RR bumper stickers are everywhere. The GOP is spending lots of money in this state in an effort to get its 29 electoral votes.
    President Obama is still leading in Florida, but by a very narrow margin.

  • nomaster

    This comes from a person most likely not to depend on medicare or health needs because of their station in life. How wonderful if the world was so grand. Seems that some people think without paying attention to the dire reprecussion that will result from some of their actions and lack of morality, it seems!

  • Tommy Thompson is another professional politician. He needs to retire. All he cares about is himself. I don’t think he will get very far on his plan to kill medicare.

  • When are they going to get it, look up voting statistics, Abortions, more women then men vote, the”Baby Boomer” generations are going into Medicare, and Social Security benefits. More of THEM vote then the younger generations of Americans, You can’t keep sticking you foot in your mouth, or shooting yourself in the foot, eventually you run out of feet.

  • ayayaboy

    Why in the world would you enjoy good/free healthcare provided by tax payers but you want to join Romney to kill the healthcare for ordinary Americans on day one? That thinking is jerky. Don’t vote republicans. They work for only rich people.

  • Thompson, you are a dinosaur, old, ancient, a fossil and thick skinned. You know I’m referring to your policies huh.