U. S. Senate

This combination of undated file photos shows Republican Tommy Thompson, left, and Democrat Tammy Baldwin, right, who are running for Wisconsin\'s U.S. Senate Seat.

MADISON (AP) — Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Tommy Thompson supplied the following answers to questions related to their campaigns and issues in the race for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat.

Tommy Thompson

Party -- Republican.

Age -- 70.

Resides -- Madison.

Education -- Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1963, law degree from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1966.

Career -- Served in the state Assembly from 1967 to 1987. Elected governor in 1986 and re-elected three times. Served as President George W. Bush’s health secretary from 2001-2005. He briefly ran for president in 2007 before dropping out. Thompson joined a prominent Washington law firm and worked for a number of health care clients and others since leaving office.

Personal -- Married, three children.

Tammy Baldwin

Party -- Democrat.

Age -- 50.

Resides -- Madison.

Education -- Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and political science, Smith College in Northampton, Mass., 1984; law degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989.

Career -- Elected to the Dane County Board in 1986 and served four years. She was elected to the state Assembly in 1992 as the youngest woman in the Wisconsin Legislature. She was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998 as the first openly gay woman in Congress, re-elected six times.

Personal -- Single.

Question

The Thompson campaign portrays Baldwin as too extreme for Wisconsin; the Baldwin campaign portrays Thompson as not looking out for Wisconsin voters any more. Can each of you directly address these claims and explain why you would disagree?

Baldwin -- The Wisconsin I know has a tradition of taking on the special interests that have too much power and influence and while I have taken them on, Tommy Thompson has taken them on as clients at his lobbying firm in Washington. I believe that if we’re going to prosper everyone deserves a fair shot. I will cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses, and force millionaires to pay their fair share. Tommy’s plan would give millionaires like himself new, budget busting tax cuts while actually raising taxes on the middle class. This election is about whether Wisconsin will have a senator who will be a voice for a strong middle class, or someone who will continue being a voice for the very powerful. I will work across party lines to move our economy and Wisconsin forward.

Thompson -- When you don’t have a record to run on, you resort to demagoguery and lies. Wisconsin families have seen nothing but a barrage of negative attacks from my opponent because during her 14 years in Congress she has only delivered higher taxes and increased debt to the constituents she represents. Tammy Baldwin can’t attack my record because it’s proven. I have dedicated my life to bettering the great state of Wisconsin. As governor, I worked with the private sector to create jobs; I cut taxes 91 times and my welfare reform was adopted nationally. There is nobody who loves Wisconsin more than me, which is why I am running for the United States Senate.

Question

What is your plan for creating jobs?

Baldwin -- I am a co-sponsor of the “Bring Jobs Home Act,” which would eliminate tax breaks for companies that outsource our jobs to other countries, and would reward companies overseas with tax cuts to relocate to the United States and create jobs here at home. I have focused my campaign squarely on strengthening Wisconsin’s manufacturing base and building a “Made in Wisconsin” economy to move our economy forward.

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