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Tammy Baldwin: I fight for us; my opponent fights for the big and powerful

In his successful recall effort June, Gov. Scott Walker portrayed public employees as privileged. In the Senate race, Thompson and Baldwin each claim to be the champion of the middle class.

"People are asking the question, 'Who's fighting for us?' versus 'Who's fighting for the big and powerful,'" Baldwin said in an Oct. 2 interview in Milwaukee. "Whose side are you on is a classic question in some elections, and I think it's coming to bear very particularly in this."

[One analyst] said Baldwin is trying to "to recapture the notion that the Democratic candidate is the populist candidate," he said. "She's trying hard to portray Thompson as the tool of the elite."

The Baldwin campaign has labeled Thompson a lobbyist for companies his Health & Human Services agency used to oversee, a charge that Thompson angrily denies. "I've never been a lobbyist," he said in an interview. "That's absolutely a lie." Thompson is working to define Baldwin as a big-spender, calling her "out of the mainstream."

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debate Oct 5, 2012

Mark Neumann: A conservative believes in faith, family and country

Neumann said he's the most conservative candidate. "It's important to define what that means. A conservative believes in faith, family and country. It's the most important things in their lives, and I do," Neumann said.

The men seemed to agree on a lot of issues Wednesday night, like cutting federal spending and repealing health care reforms. Where they seem to differ is regarding what kind of candidate they think voters want to see, and whether that person is a seasoned politician or a newcomer.

Source: Fox 11 WITI-TV coverage of 2012 Wisconsin Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Mark Neumann: Conservatives believe in faith, family and country

Neumann said he's the most conservative candidate. "It's important to define what that means. A conservative believes in faith, family and country. It's the most important things in their lives, and I do," Neumann said.

The men seemed to agree on a lot of issues Wednesday night, like cutting federal spending and repealing health care reforms. Where they seem to differ is regarding what kind of candidate they think voters want to see, and whether that person is a seasoned politician or a newcomer.

Source: Fox 6 Now Milwaukee on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debate Apr 11, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Declines debates because opponents "want to shoot at me"

Thompson also had some heated words when asked if he has been avoiding debates with other Senate candidates. "Everybody's upset because I'm leading. If I wasn't leading, if I was last place, nobody could care less whether I come," said Thompson. "The fact that I'm number one, everybody wants to shoot at me. Well that's nice, they are being gentlemen about it. We want to take your head off, so come on down." [For this week's debate], Thompson says he had prior engagements.
Source: WLUK-TV FOX 11 News on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Apr 9, 2012

Jim Doyle: Priorities: close deficit, improve schools and jobs

As I assume office today, I have been handed a staggering budget deficit of $4.3 billion dollars. It shouldn’t have happened, but it did. And we’re going to fix it. We can’t do everything... but that’s what we’re faced with. Over the long haul, my priorities are clear:
Source: Inaugural Address of Wisconsin’s 44th Governor Jan 6, 2003

Scott Walker: 19 Walker associates involved in "John Doe" scandal

Walker's opponents have pushed to tie an ongoing scandal involving former Walker aides to the governor. The so-called "John Doe" investigation, which is ongoing, centers around allegations of misuse of government time and money during Walker's tenure as the county executive of Milwaukee. It has already resulted in the arrest of three former Walker aides, two of his appointees and a major donor, while 13 others have been granted immunity to aid the investigation. Walker has amassed a large legal-defense fund but insists he is not a target of the investigation; Democrats point to the circumstantial evidence to claim that something fishy clearly was happening on his watch.

If this issue seems like a sideshow compared to what the recall is supposed to be about--a referendum on Walker, his agenda, and his style of governance--that's because views of Walker appear deeply entrenched among the Wisconsin electorate.

Source: The Atlantic on 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall debate Jun 5, 2002

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