Baldwin, Thompson Square Off In Heated Debate for U.S. Senate Seat in Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM CST

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The heat was on in Wausau, Wisconsin tonight during a lively debate between Democratic Tammy Baldwin and Republican Tommy Thompson.

Both are seeking the seat vacated by the retiring Senator Herb Kohl.

The debate started off with jobs and the economy and quickly moved into healthcare.

U.S. Representative Baldwin said she and the Former Wisconsin Governor were on opposite ends when it came to taxes, but both candidates claim their opponent's plans will raise taxes on the middle class.

Baldwin pointed to the Ryan plan which she says Thompson supports.

Thompson fired back by saying the Affordable Healthcare Act will raise taxes on the middle income earners.

As for foreign policy, both agree sanctions on Iran are necessary and that Iran should not be allowed to build weapons of mass destruction.

Things got sticky when Baldwin accused Thompson of investing in companies that support Iran, and Thompson fired back accussing Baldwin of receiving funding from a organization that supports Iran.

Thompson said when he found out about the stock he owned, he sold it, which was today (Thursday). Meanwhile Baldwin said she did not know of the organization Thompson accused her of getting funding from.

However both did agree that unmanned drones were an important and needed tool for the military.

They are scheduled to meet for a third and final debate on Oct. 26.

Baldwin said she believes they both support the Dream Act and want to bring troops home from Afghanistan

Both also pointed to education, science and math as important areas of focus for future economic growth.

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