Thompson launches campaign with video

    Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson will formally throw his hat into the ring for the U.S. Senate today in Waukesha.
    Thompson will make his announcement at 5:30 p.m. today at Weldall Manufacturing, 2001 S. Prairie Ave.
    In conjunction with a formal announcement today, Thompson released a new campaign ad promoting his agenda of job creation, spending cuts, limited government, and market-based policy solutions to help bring America back. 
    The ad proclaims, “I’m Tommy Thompson.  And I’ll fight to bring America back.”
    Thompson enters the race with the endorsements of some of the established members of the Wisconsin Republican Party, including: Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen; State Senators Cowles, Ellis, Harsdorf, Olsen and Schultz; U.S. Senators Alexander, Hoeven, Johanns and Risch; former DOA Secretary Jim Klauser; former U.S. Representatives Mark Green and Scott Klug; former Speaker John Gard; former State Treasurer Cate Zeuske; and former Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Rick Graber.
    In addition, Thompson received the endorsement of Club for Growth Wisconsin founders Terry and Mary Kohler, as well as former American Conservative Union president David Keene.
    The growing GOP field for the Senate seat also includes former Congressman Mark Neumann and Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon).
    Fitzgerald, who will appear at the Republican Party of Walworth County Christmas Party in Elkhorn tonight, issued the following statement: “I welcome Tommy to the race. I expect in the coming months we will engage in a substantive conversation about our visions to move Wisconsin forward. Each candidate in this campaign will also need to answer questions about their records serving the people of our great state. I look forward to sharing my conservative record of balancing a $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, implementing tort reform legislation and enacting comprehensive election reform. The people of Wisconsin will send someone to Washington, D.C. who is committed to ending the out-of-control spending and regulatory assault that has hurt job creation and impeded the ability of our economy to recover. I believe my record demonstrates I am the person who can turn things around in the nation’s capital, and I look forward to debate with Tommy and others seeking our party’s nomination.”
    The only declared Democratic candidate for the Senate seat is Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison).
    The winner will succeed Democrat Sen. Herb Kohl, who is retiring.
    – BizTimes Milwaukee

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