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Former Gov. Tommy Thompson: 2 Clear Choices in Presidential Election

While taking part in Republican National Convention, Thompson says Wisconsin will play key roles in presidential race and determining control of U.S. Senate.

TAMPA, Florida — There have been some elections in the past when observers have complained that you can't tell the difference between the Democrats and Republicans.

But — according to former Gov. Tommy Thompson — that's clearly not the case in the 2012 race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

"We’re going to have two distinct visions of America — one that's a government-controlled system and one that is more free, independent,  capitalistic and focuses on private enterprise," Thompson said Tuesday during an interview at the Republican National Convention.

"And the jurors — the voters — have to make a decision. It’s going to be for all the marbles," he added. "You either go in a new direction or you stay with what I would consider a failed direction of the Obama administration.

"It is no more, 'I can’t tell the difference.' I know the difference," Thompson said. "I know what’s going to happen if they go with the left; I know what’s going to happen if they go with the right."

High Hopes for Romney This Fall

Thompson — not surprisingly — believes voters in Wisconsin and throughout the country will "go with the right" by backing Romney.

"Governor Romney is saying to America that we’re not going to have a caretaker type of government," Thompson said. "We’re problem-solvers and we’re going to solve the problems of America one-by-one."

If Romney does carry Wisconsin in the Nov. 6 election, he would be the first Republican presidential candidate to do so since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

And Thompson, who is against Democrat Tammy Baldwin, believes having his name on the ballot will help give Romney an edge in the Badger State.

"I think I’m going to help Mitt Romney carry Wisconsin," he said. "I have a strong presence in Wisconsin — 88 percent of the people still know me. And I do well in areas that Republicans have not done well before.

"I’m the only Republican who has ever carried Douglas County, and I’m the only Republican who has ever carried Dane County (in 1998)," he added.

All Eyes on Wisconsin

Thompson said Wisconsin has become the "epicenter" of national politics this year. The selection of means Wisconsin has again become a "swing state" in the presidential race — four years after Obama carried the state by 14 percentage points.

And if Thompson wins against Baldwin, there's a possibility that victory could give Republicans control of the U.S. Senate come January.

"There is not another state that has more going for it politically than the state of Wisconsin," he said. "You really have the best political scenario here. I don’t think you can script it any better than what it is right now."

GearHead August 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
A Romney victory also guarantees a Thompson Senate victory, no slouch himself. Neat to have Wisconsin leadership under the national bright lights. The wind is at our backs. Proud to be a Wisconsinite!
Carol August 29, 2012 at 05:20 PM
A Romney victory will mean all of us will lose alot! He & Ryan are going to make alot of cuts which will effect social security, health care and many other things. Couldn't stand Thompson and dislike him even more now! Vote for Obama! He came into a mess made by good old George W. a REPUBLICAN, how did everyone expect him to clean it up in 4 years???? If the Republicans get in we'll probably get involved in another war & be more in debt!!!
celador2 August 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Whoever ver pulls who over the finish line on eelection night the team effort will deliver a win for Romney-Ryan and Thompson. Thompson is strong and has pulled his share of the wagon over the years. He still has that ability.
celador2 August 29, 2012 at 05:25 PM
If Baldwin loses who are the Democratic state party leaders in Wisconsin? It seems they had some bad actions with the recalls that backfired recently and there is a power void. Who provides Demorats leadership? Who has credibilty statewide?
Bernard Forand August 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Republicans lost their House even with deceitful false democrat scams and vast sums of monies to buy the vote. Don not think that will carry over to Nov 6 2012. Who wants to send more sheep to the GOP corral just so they can hold our nation hostage and ransom it off for Main Street USA to pay or they will “SHUTDOWN” our country. That is not leadership. Lacks intelligence.
Bernard Forand August 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Hurricane a coming.. Ironically as the republicans convention Winds up, will their Freudian slips be amplified with the Winds of a Hurricane once again approaching our shores. Could this be an Ominous warning of what they represent. Republican Hurricanes have been plaguing our Main Street USA since 1970. Last one, hurricane Bush, damaged our Main Street USA to the tune of $11 Trillion for repairs. Hmmm Farewell: what’s your take on this... Hmmmm How long will it take to make all clean up and repairs? Hard to tell with all the sabotaging efforts that the republicans continuously advocate to our Main Street USA. Republicans are exhibitionist of a no, no, no leadership party. Observe when Wall Street was bailed out. They partied and rewarded their executives, with $ millions of tax free dollars. Same executives’ that FAILED our economy. USA rewards failures? Elitist Welfare? Main Street USA gets one lump of coal to sustain them through wintry Christmases. Now Nov. 6 -2012 comes rolling by, we hear from the Cronyism from their fortress on Wall Street…BAH HUMBUG. “Let them die. It will reduce the surplus populace” Main Street USA gets a lump of coal for their Christmass. Wall Street celeberating by rewarding the excecutives that failed, with millions of tax free dollars from the bailout. Oh yeah let them eat cake can be heard from the Walls Fortress of Croynism.
Bernard Forand August 29, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Are we smarter than the Baboons? Republicans advocate smaller government and laissez-faire ideologies. Strategy of the most primitive life forms disagree! From the viruses through bacteria’s and on to the vegetative and animal kingdom, unification of an organized society is demonstrated. Centralized organization to enhance their security as well as empowering them to succeed in their environment is detrimental to their survival. Sovereignties of the world are demonstrating that strategy. Organizing and reorganizing to compete with the surrounding nations. Observe the reorganizing of orthodox communism to compete on the Liberal International Free Trade Markets. Democratic principles are required that were once their nemesis. Evolving to adapt for their survival as a culture and a nation. Reduction of that organizing ideology serves to regress the survival mode of any organism on this planet. Greater organized unification of their society enhances their security and empowers them to adapt to their environment. Republicans are the antithesis to evolution.
Bernard Forand August 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Ryan would replace Medicare with vouchers for retirees to purchase insurance, eliminating the guarantee of health care for seniors and putting them at the mercy of the private insurance industry. That could amount to a cost increase of more than $5,900 by 2050, leaving many seniors broke or without the health care they need. He'd also raise the age of eligibility to 67. Vouchers for our elderly to go feed the Vultures. "12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan," Think Progress, August 11, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278662&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=5 Now what has Mitt have to say about that; How much will it take to get him to dance http://youtu.be/EQwrB1vu74c to the Cronyism’s serene melodies? Obama has had the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/
The Anti-Alinsky August 29, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I can post the facts as many times as you want to post the nonsense Bernie: ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/hist.pdf ) YEAR ------ TOTAL SPENT ---% INCREASE ----------------(in millions) 2008 ..........2,982,544 .............9.30% (last year of Bush) 2009 ..........3,517,677 ...........17.94% (transition budget with TARP) 2010 ..........3,456,213 ............-1.75% (first Obama budget) (still higher than 2008 by 15.88%) 2011 ..........3,603,061 .............4.25% 2012 ..........3,795,547 .............5.34% (estimate) And the followups: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/may/25/lots-heat-and-some-light-obamas-spending/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-facts-about-the-growth-of-spending-under-obama-part-2/2012/05/30/gJQA3V4d2U_blog.html So how do you go from 2.982 TRILLION to 3.795 TRILLION (a 27% increase in four years) and still have "the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years"?!?!?!?!?!
Bernard Forand August 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
e Anti-Alinsky also commented on Former Gov. Tommy Thompson: 2 Clear Choices in Presidential Election. "I can post the facts as many times as you want to post the nonsense Bernie: ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/hist.pdf ) YEAR ------ TOTAL SPENT ---% INCREASE ----------------(in millions) 2008 ..........2,982,544 .............9.30% (last year of Bush) 2009 ..........3,517,677 ...........17.94% (transition budget with TARP) 2010 ..........3,456,213 ............-1.75% (first Obama budget) (still higher than 2008 by 15.88%) 2011 ..........3,603,061 .............4.25% 2012 ..........3,795,547 .............5.34% (estimate) And the followups: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/may/25/lots-heat-and-some-light-obamas-spending/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-facts-about-the-growth-of-spending-under-obama-part-2/2012/05/30/gJQA3V4d2U_blog.html So how do you go from 2.982 TRILLION to 3.795 TRILLION (a 27% increase in four years) and still have "the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years"?!?!?!?!?!" Obama has had the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/
Bernard Forand August 29, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Ryan's proposed budget would cripple the economy. He'd slash spending deeply, which would not only slow job growth, but shock the economy and cost 1 million of us our jobs in 2013 alone and kill more than 4 million jobs by the end of 2014 "Ryan's Budget, Robin Hood in reverse," Economic Policy Institute http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278939&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=4 Observe Obama record on his handling economics versus republicans. Volatility markets contributed to the tumultuous finish to Bush administration. 2008 with reckless policies and omissions, created the perfect storm. Bush entered office with DOW at 10,587; left office with the Dow at 7,949 producing a negative market loss through out his tenure. Last 17 months stock markets experienced an historical loss of 58%! This was worst than any 17month rolling cycle of the Great Depression. Now observe Stock Markets are hovering at 13,000! No more spiraling into some bottomless financial abyss that was handed to Obama. Corporate profits are up and industry out put is humming along. Are we better off than 4 years ago? OH YEAH! 2008 had the dank odor of a Hoover depression. Out and about in fresh air and heading out to do some beaching. Hooooorrrraaaa…
celador2 August 29, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Ryan's budget is not on table but it was offered so that Reid might agree to sit down and do a joint budget . When Dems ran Wh, Senate and House they had no budget. Ryan as Chr Budget com in House wanted to negotiate and offered a 30 year budget thinking Reid might be drawn to the table. Harry still refused to do a budget. That Ryan had a budget to start negotiation is the point. Reid did not
Keith Best August 30, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Tammy Baldwin is a far-left extremist. Nancy Pelosi has to turn left to talk with her.
celador2 August 30, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Her voting record places her close to Pelois and Obama.
James R Hoffa August 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
"He came into a mess made by good old George W. a REPUBLICAN, how did everyone expect him to clean it up in 4 years????" Ummm.... because he promised that he could when he was trying to convince us against voting for McCain - remember Hope and Change? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCN5-ovvFL0
TaterSalad August 30, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Where are the jobs Mr. President? You have had 4 years and it has gotten worse for us! http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/30/US-jobless-claims-hold-steady
TaterSalad August 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
.Where are the jobs Mr. President? You have had 4 years and it has gotten worse for us! http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/30/US-jobless-claims-hold-steady
TaterSalad September 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Axelrod calls the RNC a failure. He should be able to recognize "failure" because his boss and his agenda are proof: http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/02/axelrod-calls-gop-convention-a-terrible-failure/
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) September 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
That was a good one.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) September 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
That was good as well.
Mangia September 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Hard to create jobs when you dont have experience doing this before. Obama creates jobs through more spending. Keeps his voting base getting their handouts and his votes high. Good politics , bad for the country. Just like his line when the mike was on to the Russians..."I can do more for you after the election." He likes being the politician but has no experience being a leader.
TaterSalad September 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Bain Capital and who has an "Equity Stake" in this company: Democrats will not want to here these facts and figures! http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=82494

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