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Thompson Calls Baldwin 'Anti-Jewish' for Stance on Iranian Sanctions

Strong words address congresswoman's changing votes on Iranian sanctions, but former governor goes farther in questioning Baldwin's support for the Jewish people.

In a wide-ranging attack on his opponent in the U.S. Senate race, Republican Tommy Thompson on Sunday called Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin "anti-Jewish" and "anti-Israel."

It was far stronger language than Thompson had previously used in charging that Baldwin had repeatedly voted against having the U.S. impose sanctions on Iran before consistently voting for them only since beginning her Senate campaign.

"Tammy Baldwin, her whole record is anti-Israel," Thompson said at a press conference in Wauwatosa. "She voted for the first time for the sanctions three months ago because she knew she was running for the U.S. Senate. That is the lamest excuse I've ever heard.

"She's anti-Israel, she's anti-Jewish and she's trying to now somehow obfuscate her views and her intentions," the former governor added.

The Baldwin campaign was quick to respond that Thompson was off base.

"First, it's flat-out false," said John Kraus, Baldwin's campaign manager. "It's a dishonest and desperate charge."

Pointing out that Baldwin had just spoken Sunday morning at the Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, where Kraus said she was well-received, he said: "I think that shows just how desperate it is."

He also noted that Baldwin had voted for $35 billion in aid to Israel.

Wisconsin Politifact did on Sept. 28 rate Baldwin's voting record on Iranian sanctions a "Full Flop," but the "anti-Jewish" label has not been stuck on her before at this level.

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Thompson also assailed Baldwin's record overall and in particular on Medicare, which he said under Democratic policy "is going broke in the year 2022 or 2024.

"Tammy Baldwin is standing by, playing her harp...while Rome is burning — and while we are seeing Medicare go bankrupt," he said. "And the worst thing for us to do for the seniors of America, for the seniors of Wisconsin, is to allow Medicare to go broke.

"Because if Medicare goes broke, those individuals that rely upon that safety net are going to end up without Medicare."

Thompson said his plan would allow those now on Medicare to stay on it, while allowing those who turn 55 in 2022 to choose between continuing the current Medicare plan or the federal health insurance plan, "the same program that Congress is on, the same program the president is on."

Kraus responded: "For four years, Thompson was in charge of Medicare, and during those four years, he ran it nine years closer to bankruptcy.

"Meanwhile, he cut sweetheart deals with the drug companies, and when he left that job he cashed in and went to work with a lobbying group in Washington, D.C., cutting deals that would provide huge profits to insurance companies," Kraus said.

"Who better than him to do away with Medicare and Medicaid?" Kraus asked. "Tammy Baldwin voted against that sweetheart deal and has introduced legislation to end it.

"With one vote, she did more to extend Medicare than he did in four years." 

Bernard Forand October 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Fannypacker worried about Russia’s arms deal of a mere 2bn. Should have been around for the Iran Contra arms deal. So just what is your point. Trying to compete with “chicken little”? Red Herring; Back to issues. Remember when Ryan spewed this dysfunctional tax plan; “You can – you can cut tax rates by 20 percent and still preserve these important preferences for middle-class taxpayer. It is mathematically possible. It’s been done before. It’s precisely what we’re proposing.” Mr. Romney Needs a Working Calculator Published: October 15, 2012 To the annoyance of the Romney campaign, members of Washington’s reality-based community have a habit of popping up to point out the many deceptions in the campaign’s blue-sky promises of low taxes and instant growth. The latest is the Joint Committee on Taxation, an obscure but well-respected Congressional panel — currently evenly divided between the parties — that helps lawmakers calculate the effect of their tax plans. Mitt Romney says he can lower tax rates by 20 percent and pay for it by ending deductions. The joint committee’s math makes it clear that that is impossible. The analysis doesn’t include every possible tax expenditure, leaving out, for example, the tax break employers get for providing health insurance. But because Mr. Romney refuses to raise capital gains taxes and wants to end the estate tax, it is hard to see how he could do much better than 4 percent.... Lie/Deciet
Luke October 18, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Oh Tammmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyy! http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/baldwin-gets-nearly-60000-from-group-against-iranian-sanctions-r678ui7-174672521.html
H.E. Pennypacker October 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Wisconsin’s Next Senator? Watch Tammy B Dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7YDaXqyL-Y
Luke October 19, 2012 at 05:01 AM
When is Tammy Baldwin going to acknowledge the elephant in the room? http://mediatrackers.org/2012/10/18/shock-baldwin-wanted-to-block-funding-for-body-armor-for-troops-in-combat/
DICK STEINBERG October 29, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Be realistic. Not every ethnic person likes every person in their own ethnic group. It is not impressive to praise an ethnic group for political purposes.

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