Tammy Baldwin (Democrat)
Baldwin on the issues (click each link for more):
Tammy Baldwin is devoted to fighting for Wisconsin families and has been her whole life.
Tammy was born and raised in the Badger State. She has a reputation for taking on corporate special interests and has made fighting for the middle class her top priority. She believes we can restore economic security to Wisconsin's middle class families by making sure that everyone pays their fair share. Tammy is the lead sponsor in the House of Representatives of the Buffett Rule to ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. People with million dollar incomes shouldn't pay a lower tax rate than hard working middle class families.
Tammy, raised by her grandparents, learned the value Medicare and Social Security hold at a young age. She understands America's seniors expect nothing more than to retire with dignity and security. That's why she opposes Republican plans to fund tax cuts for the wealthy by cutting Social Security and Medicare. When it comes to Social Security benefits, Tammy is committed to protecting them — not privatizing them — just as she is committed to preserving and strengthening Medicare, not ending it as we know it.
Throughout her career in public service — from the Dane County Board of Supervisors, Wisconsin State Assembly, now in Congress — Tammy has never forgotten who she works for and that every voice matters. It's through hard work and determination that one voice can make a difference, it always does.
In 1998, Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District shattered the state's glass ceiling and elected Tammy Baldwin as the state's first female member of Congress and the nation's first openly gay challenger sent to Congress.
Shortly after she was first elected to Congress, at a time when both parties were supporting de-regulation of the financial industry, Tammy stood up for Wisconsin taxpayers. She voted against letting Wall Street and the big banks write their own rules — one of only a handful of members of Congress who voted no on repealing the Glass-Steagall Act. The Glass-Steagall Act had been place since the Great Depression and kept banks from engaging in many of the risky practices that later led to 2008 economic collapse, our nation's worst recession since the Great Depression. Recently, Tammy stood up for Wisconsin homeowners in stopping the Justice Department from cutting a sweetheart deal for the 5 biggest mortgage banks. She fought against giving them immunity from prosecution for the fraud they'd committed. She won, the banks did not get immunity, and were forced to pay billions of dollars to the victims.
Always looking out for Wisconsin's middle class, Tammy has fought unfair trade deals and she knows that when China cheats on trade and manipulates its currency, it costs us jobs. That is why she's leading the fight, working with Republicans, to impose strong tariffs on China starting now. Tariffs that will protect Wisconsin's manufacturing jobs. She has consistently fought against unfair trade deals including those with China and Central and South America because Tammy understands that they encourage outsourcing and job losses in Wisconsin. Tammy has shown a strong commitment to restoring American manufacturing through targeted tax cuts for companies that keep jobs here in the United States.
In Congress, Tammy has a strong record of working hard for Wisconsin's veterans — making sure their service and sacrifice is honored by ensuring adequate funding for veterans' health, mental health, education, and job-training programs. Tammy opposed the costly war in Iraq — one of just a few members of Congress who stood up to their own party and said it is time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan to focus on nation building here at home. The billions it costs our country are better spent reducing the federal debt and lowering taxes for middle class families and small businesses.
Access to affordable health care is vital to middle class security and for too long big health insurance companies have paid billions annually to game the system. That is why Tammy has fought to give patients more control over their care and continues to fight to make health insurance more affordable for Wisconsin's families and small businesses. She authored a provision included in the Affordable Care Act which allows young adults to stay on their parent's insurance until age 26, which has helped insure 2.5 million young people throughout the country.
Tammy graduated from Madison West High School and went on to double-major in political science and mathematics at Smith College. In 1989, she received her law degree from UW-Madison. Throughout her career in public service, Tammy has made education a top priority — fighting to make higher education more affordable for all of Wisconsin's students. In Congress,
she has supported student loan reform to make college financing more accessible and affordable. To succeed in the future's global economy, students from working and middle class families need access to college and technical schools.
In the proud tradition of Wisconsin's state motto, "Forward," Tammy holds a strong commitment to innovation, research and development. Through investments in clean energy technology, we can strengthen Wisconsin's economy and lower energy costs for families and businesses. Dedicated to Wisconsin's progressive traditions and values, Tammy has a long record of fighting for family farms, for clean air and water, working to protect Wisconsin's environment and preserve our agricultural heritage for future generations.
In the Senate, Baldwin will put the middle class first and fight for a fairer economy where hard work is rewarded. She is committed to working with both parties to strengthen Wisconsin's manufacturing and reduce the tax burden on small businesses so that they can continue to create jobs and drive our economy forward.
Source: Baldwin campaign
Tommy Thompson (Republican)
Thompson on the issues (click each link for more):
- Health care reform
- Deficit reduction
- Tax reform
- Budget reform
- Federal worker pay reform
- Energy independence
Hard work. Honesty. The value of a dollar.
Those are the Wisconsin values Tommy Thompson learned growing up in Elroy, the second of four children born to a grocery store owner and a teacher. His first job – at the age of six – was polishing eggs at the grocery store and on the family farm he still operates today, learning first hand why those values matter. Those values are what drove Tommy to serve in the Wisconsin National Guard for six years and the U.S. Army Reserve for four more, and they laid the groundwork for the person Tommy became by helping form the conservative principles that shaped his personal and professional lives.
Tommy was an underdog to win the Republican nomination when he first ran for governor. Some in his party thought he was too conservative to win a statewide election due to his well-earned nickname "Dr. No" for thwarting government-expanding proposals pitched by Democrats when he served as Republican Minority Leader in the State Assembly. But Tommy proved the doubters wrong. He won the Republican nomination and then the general election, becoming Wisconsin's 42nd Governor. And Wisconsin hasn't been the same since.
During his tenure as governor, Tommy's Elroy common sense brought great change to Wisconsin – and the entire nation. Tommy championed innovative, conservative reforms to solve some of the biggest problems facing the state: entrenched unemployment, entitlement spending and inadequate public education. Tommy ended welfare, dramatically cut taxes, reduced unemployment to record lows and instituted a first-of-its-kind School Choice program. His compelling leadership enabled these reforms to take hold despite working with a Democrat-controlled Legislature for much of his 14 years in office.
Tommy turned Wisconsin into America's laboratory of reform, and his innovative policies became landmark victories for conservatives in the state and across the entire country. His record is one of innovation, limited government, protection of life and liberty, and living within our means. They represent not just his conservative political philosophy but they encompass what he stands for and what he was taught at an early age.
After serving as President George W. Bush's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy took his wealth of experience to the private sector, helping to create jobs and drive innovation in the healthcare industry.
The values and lessons learned working on the family farm in Elroy and in his father's grocery store still drive Tommy today. And Elroy still calls him back frequently. Tommy and his wife Sue Ann recently built a home in the Elroy area on the family farm, where they often spend time with their three children, Tommi, Kelli and Jason, and eight grandchildren.
Source: Thompson campaign
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