In his first appearance on the UW-Madison campus as a U.S. Senate candidate, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson spoke to UW-Madison’s College Republicans about the national implications of his senate race and encouraged the students to get involved with the campaign.
Addressing an audience of about 40 students, Thompson stressed the need for the Republicans to win outgoing Democratic U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl’s senate seat, since it will be one of a few races that could decide which party controls the Senate.
“I’m telling you, Wisconsin is key and that’s why I’m campaigning so hard—because I believe that we need a Republican Senate,” Thompson said, adding he would be the strongest Republican candidate because he has won five statewide elections.
Thompson also spoke about several of his policy proposals, such as drilling for more oil within the United States to bring down energy prices, repealing Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a market-based health care system and cutting federal spending across the board to reduce the national deficit.
“You can’t move forward until you balance the budget,” Thompson said.
Thompson said young people have motivated him to run for Senate because he wants to make sure the next generation has the same opportunities that he did when he graduated from UW-Madison.
“I want to make sure that when you graduate from this great institution…that there’s going to be a job for you out there and that you’re going to be able to do whatever you want to do,” Thompson said.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., is the Democratic challenger in the race.