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The Wisconsin Senate Debate

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Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson (R) faces Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (WI-D). The two candidates are competing for the seat of retiring Senator Herb Kohl (D). The debate is hosted by the Wisconsin Broadcasters AssociationThe Cook Political Report rates this race a “toss up.”

In an increasingly competitive U.S. Senate race, the candidates and their allies are turning to health care to attack each other and highlight the differences between them.

Republican Tommy G. Thompson and his allies - hoping to offset Thompson's slide in the polls - are using Democrat Tammy Baldwin's support of the new health care law to portray her as a big spender and too liberal for Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, Baldwin and her supporters are drawing on the new law and Medicare reform to paint Thompson as a Washington insider who wants to dismantle health care coverage for the elderly.MWJ

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