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Tommy Thompson, Ready to Run for Senate in Wisconsin
NationalReview.com ^ | May 17, 2011 | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 05/17/2011 5:47:00 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican

From Mike Allen’s morning newsletter today:

Tommy Thompson, the Republican former Wisconsin governor and George W. Bush’s first HHS secretary, has told friends he plans to run for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) said Friday that he won’t seek a fifth term in 2012. Thompson’s announcement gives Republicans a popular former two-term governor of state to seriously challenge for this toss-up seat. There’s no chance Thompson would run against Paul Ryan, so the former Wisconsin Governor will await the Budget Chairman’s official announcement on the race before jumping in. Ryan has suggested in private conversations with GOP officials in recent days that he will take a pass on the race and focus on his House chairmanship.

Thompson has been meeting with political associates and telling them he wants back in the game. He is working behind the scenes on campaign, fund-raising and staffing plans — and would enter as a very strong front-runner for the GOP nomination and the seat. There is one reason to think this isn’t an absolute done deal, regardless of what Thompson’s telling friends this week: He has flirted with political runs in the past, including the Senate in 2010, only to bail.

Thompson’s presidential bid in 2008 was short-lived and unfocused, but he would immediately be a top-tier Senate challenger who knows the state well and who is well-versed in health care policy. But will Bush’s HHS guy – running health policy when the Bush administration and a GOP Congress enacted the unfunded entitlement of the Medicare prescription drug benefit – be acceptable to the Tea Parties in Wisconsin?

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2012senate; tommythompson; wi2012; wisenate
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Frankly, I would have preferred a fresher face like Attorney General Van Hollen, but one thing Tommy Thompson does is make the Democrats think that they're gonna lose, similar to when Dan Coats ran in Indiana.
1 posted on 05/17/2011 5:47:09 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; Diana in Wisconsin; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; Clemenza; Coop; ..

*ping*


2 posted on 05/17/2011 5:48:48 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Unexiting, tired old retread. Of course, the republican establishment will pull for him.


3 posted on 05/17/2011 5:49:34 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Tommy, why not run for Pres?

I liked Thompson. I think most republicans did too, and the current field looks a little weak

We need more GOVERNORS trying for our executive branch opening (not legislators)


4 posted on 05/17/2011 5:52:00 AM PDT by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: cotton1706

Dan Coats? He chickened out in 98’ when he knew he would lose. 12 years later he picks the low hanging fruit. Him and Thompson are cut from the same cloth.


5 posted on 05/17/2011 5:53:28 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Stay home Tommy.

One nicknamed president in a lifetime is quite enough. Remember JIMMY? He is the permanent North Korea specialist now.


6 posted on 05/17/2011 5:56:35 AM PDT by IbJensen (I couldnÂ’t afford to fill my gas tank to go to the Dead Bin Laden Celebration!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Uh oh, another Establishment Republican coming out of the woodwork. If I remember correctly, Thompson was Bush’s lead man on the new Medicare Drug Bill that passed in 2003. He helped to create the ‘donut hole’ that could only be filled by 0bamacare.

Anyone that thinks the Establishment Republicans want to end 0bamacare are delusional. The Establishment Republicans want to EXPAND 0bamacare as much as possible.


7 posted on 05/17/2011 5:58:56 AM PDT by NRG1973
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Yet another Bush era throwback... oh well, I guess it could be worse in Wisconsin.


8 posted on 05/17/2011 6:03:49 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: cotton1706

I hate when old guys try to take a new Senate seat. One re-election and it’s ours for 12 years—let a younger brain and body go for it.


9 posted on 05/17/2011 6:04:33 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: AuH2ORepublican

F that RINO POS.

heh.. So if we get rid of the hand grenade throwers (Collins and snowe) we can replace one with Tommy?

F that... We don’t need our best fighters in the fedgov, we need them in the states, but those we send should at least be loyal soldiers.


10 posted on 05/17/2011 6:05:35 AM PDT by myself6
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Old Guard worthless GOP’er.


11 posted on 05/17/2011 6:06:33 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: bmwcyle; myself6

Yup and yup. I agree.


12 posted on 05/17/2011 6:13:37 AM PDT by badgerlandjim
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To: AuH2ORepublican

/sigh


13 posted on 05/17/2011 6:17:40 AM PDT by Crichton
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Forget the sniping. What is his record? I remember him as the architect of welfare reform. Touched third rail and survived. Then it was copied by feds. HHS chairman just might be interested in health care issues.

So I have a fairly positive memory of Thompson. How about some facts. How about where he stands on issues, instead of the instant attacks backed up with nothing but rhetoric.


14 posted on 05/17/2011 6:28:23 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Tommy is 70 years old. It would be far better to have someone 20-25 years younger get in there, serve a term or two, and then go on to be Governor or President. Tommy has had his time. We’re in deep trouble. It is time to shake things up and look to the future. Why not Paul Ryan?


15 posted on 05/17/2011 6:36:53 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Future Useless Eater

Let Thompson have the Senate seat, and let Ryan run for POTUS.

Just because Ryan’s only been in the house a few years is no longer a valid argument. His experience towers over that of the current inhabitant of the White House.


16 posted on 05/17/2011 6:41:39 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Joann37

I’ve had the same thought.
Ryan should be (could be) the sleeper candidate for the White House.


17 posted on 05/17/2011 6:49:10 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
Like a couple other FReepers pointed out, it's a Dan Coates replay.

I don't know too much about T.T., but he should be a shoo-in and a reliable vote; way better than Herbie Kohl.

18 posted on 05/17/2011 6:56:57 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy

This is great news. I supported his presidential campaign, June-Aug. 2007. I thought that he shouldn’t have dropped out of the race, because of the Iowa straw poll. That event only indicated the views of about 10% of the Republicans, of one state.


19 posted on 05/17/2011 7:17:13 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Future Useless Eater

Tommy Thompson is on the board of directors for Veri-Chip and was pushing as health secretary under Bush II for everyone to get micro-chipped.

F him!!!

An establishment RINO who talks the talk but doesn’t walk it.


20 posted on 05/17/2011 7:19:29 AM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Why can’t ANY of these political has beens get a REAL job when they’re voted out/ retire/ have a change of administration?


21 posted on 05/17/2011 7:24:07 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Future Useless Eater

The Presidential field is weak at the moment this is true. With the likes of Michelle Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty etc, it is awfully weak, but be of good cheer because Sarah Palin will soon be joining the field, then it will be weak no longer!


22 posted on 05/17/2011 7:34:53 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012, PLEASE LORD)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; PhilCollins; Diana in Wisconsin; BillyBoy; ...

You gotta be kidding. He’s actually gonna get off the pot, now?

He should’ve run in 2004!

Guess he’s no longer afraid of Feingold since he lost in ‘10.

Dan Coats, pretty good comparison GOPster. Like Coats he should walk into the seat.

If you told me in 2004 that Thompson and Feingold would finally actually face each other, for Kohl’s seat in 2012 I’d have laughed.


23 posted on 05/17/2011 7:48:09 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Diana in Wisconsin

Since Kohl is now OUT, this sounds like good news imo....Tommy ought to be well received in the Badger state, no?


24 posted on 05/17/2011 7:49:27 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: rogue yam

FOX NEWS just announced Ryan will not run for the seat. I agree with you, though...he would have been a good choice.


25 posted on 05/17/2011 7:53:25 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Impy
He’s actually gonna get off the pot, now?

I think according to the metaphor, he's actually going to complete a bowel movement now.

26 posted on 05/17/2011 7:59:12 AM PDT by Crichton
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To: Impy

Thanks Impy!

“T.T.: Better late than never.”


27 posted on 05/17/2011 8:06:13 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Impy

I agree that Thompson should have run for the U.S. Senate, in 2004. He probably wanted to wait until his state had an open race.


28 posted on 05/17/2011 8:06:34 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Crichton

LOL, Yes.

Though you could say he craped on us in the past by never running.


29 posted on 05/17/2011 8:09:44 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

Go to post #1 and see who was the first FReeper to make the Coats comparison . . . : )


30 posted on 05/17/2011 8:25:17 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Michelle Litjens!!!


31 posted on 05/17/2011 8:26:49 AM PDT by proudpapa
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Coats is probably a good comparison. Good and bad.


32 posted on 05/17/2011 8:33:23 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

He’s OK... but I’d have preferred Paul Ryan.


33 posted on 05/17/2011 8:46:05 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: faucetman

Thompson is a supporter of Obamacare. So much so that he felt the need to come out with a joint statement on the bill with Dick Gephardt.

http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/05/former-bush-health-secretary-thompson-endorses-the-senate-finance-bill/

Since we want our senators to be working on repealing the bill which way do you think he’d vote?


34 posted on 05/17/2011 8:54:54 AM PDT by conservativegranny
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To: AuH2ORepublican

My mistake. ;-d


35 posted on 05/17/2011 8:56:20 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

He turns 71 next year. Too old and had ample opportunity to run in 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2004. No to Thompson and no to Neumann.


36 posted on 05/17/2011 9:12:22 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: NRG1973
But will Bush’s HHS guy – running health policy when the Bush administration and a GOP Congress enacted the unfunded entitlement of the Medicare prescription drug benefit – be acceptable to the Tea Parties in Wisconsin?

The MSM won't report it but the Bush Prescription Drug Plan cut the cost of drugs to Medicare recipients by 90 billion dollars by involving free enterprise in the plan. WalMart and other large chain drugstores cooperating by greatly dropping their prices and offering generics when possible. Conservatives incorrectly blame Bush for greatly increasing the cost of Medicare when he, in fact, cut the cost.

Thompson was part of that.

37 posted on 05/17/2011 9:45:08 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I agree, but only to the extent that the guy running to Thompson’s right has the profile and skills to win the general election. I don’t want to get stuck with Feingold for 6 years because someone with no chance of winning won the GOP nomination.

In other words, I’d support Van Hollen (or, obviously, Ryan) over Thompson, but I would rather run Thompson than, say, one of the Lorge brothers or a Wisconsin version of Christine O’Donnell.


38 posted on 05/17/2011 9:54:59 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Future Useless Eater

I like Tommy, but in all honesty he is better in the senate than president.

Tommy is not nearly as conservative as he was in the beginning. It is better if he can potentially do less damage in the senate than as president and do more moderate things or be steered down a wrong path.

So in a nutshell, if we had the Tommy from 1st term WI governor running, then he’d be great for president. the Tommy of today is still good but he has shifted away from the right socially and fiscally and is not the conservative he once was. The last two terms as governor showed this happening. His love for ethanol for example being a big problem.


39 posted on 05/17/2011 10:21:55 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
With Thompson in Wisconsin and Berg in North Dakota, the GOP has an excellent chance of retaking the Senate. Whether that's good or bad, I will refrain from answering.

Oddly, the coattails may pull the GOP POTUS candidate over the finish line at this point. What a weak, pathetic, field of presidential candidates. If we are going to lose, let's go down swinging and draft someone like West or Palin. (While I love having Christie as my governor, he's too...moderate)

40 posted on 05/17/2011 10:57:16 AM PDT by MattinNJ (Will a hero rise in 2012?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I thought Paul Ryan was running?


41 posted on 05/17/2011 11:39:06 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
Maybe they should have that lady from Waukesha County run :)

Anyways for my neighbors to the north. I pray that any R beats that slime bag Fiengold.

42 posted on 05/17/2011 11:43:13 AM PDT by Dengar01 (Go Bulls!!!)
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To: freekitty

“I thought Paul Ryan was running?”


No, Ryan was thinking about running, but leaning against it, and he officially announced today that he’s staying in the House.


43 posted on 05/17/2011 12:48:56 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Ryan may figure he could be the VP candidate, too.

Thompson will probably win this seat now which will definitely be a step up from Herbie.


44 posted on 05/17/2011 1:08:08 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: arrogantsob

A Thompson run for the Senate is a huge development. First, it crowds out Feingold, because he would lose to Thompson and won’t take the risk. Second, with Thompson in, the GOP will avoid a primary, albeit there may be token opposition on the right. Third, a Thompson run will hurt Obama in Wisconsin, as well as down-ballot Democrats — note that Thompson is jumping in notwithstanding the fact that Obama is at the top of the ticket.

The whole thing is delicious and there is another Obama state that has become a toss-up.


45 posted on 05/17/2011 1:23:03 PM PDT by mwl8787
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To: MattinNJ

GOP has HUGE Senate pick up opportunities in 2012.

For open seats, we now have 1st tier GOP candidates in North Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Virginia; and we have vulnerable RATS with top-flight GOP challengers in Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Ohio, Florida; too soon to tell on West Virginia and Michigan.

CT and HA also possibilities with open seats.

McConnell could end up with a 56+ seat majority.


46 posted on 05/17/2011 1:49:46 PM PDT by mwl8787
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
"Conservatives incorrectly blame Bush for greatly increasing the cost of Medicare when he, in fact, cut the cost."

Thank you for saying that. I get so tired of the pseudo-Conservative knee-jerks around here who yell "RINO, RINO" at everybody.

47 posted on 05/17/2011 2:13:10 PM PDT by eCSMaster (We will fight for America and it starts here in Madison, WI. It starts here. It starts now.)
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To: Impy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; PhilCollins; Diana in Wisconsin; ...
Yeah, I had really given up on his re-entry into the political arena when he dropped out early in the 2008 presidential campaign. I'm surprised to see him finally emerge as a Senate candidate in 2012! He's running now?! It's kinda like Jim Edgar constantly being touted as the great hope of the IL GOP for several election cycles back, and always disappointing after "thinking about it". No one expects Edgar to run anymore.

I would prefer a much younger and energetic Tommy Thompson, but he's still probably the best shot we have at getting Kohl's seat. I guess Feingold's 2010 defeat caused Thompson to view Feingold as much more vulnerable and now that there's an open seat he went for it.

The best case scenario would be if Feingold and Ron Kind get into a nasty primary battle while our side unites around one candidate.

48 posted on 05/17/2011 3:05:27 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Fred was the Thompson to elect(because of his constitutional beliefs) but he really did not have the drive....

Tommy is a RINO


49 posted on 05/17/2011 3:07:54 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: BillyBoy; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; TheRightGuy; TitansAFC; chicagolady
Yeah now I really think Edgar is done thank God!

He always capitulated to Madigan and the Combine.

I'll let DJ make the final call on my opinion but I think Jim Edgar is the poster child of the Combine!

I don't know why this popped into my head but when he was Governor his plane got hit by lightning and you would have think the Hindenburg went down! The MSM loves Edgar!

Now we have our own Jerry Brown in Judy Hag Topinka. Too bad she didn't go the way of Betty Loren Maltese but I would imagine Topinka was too busy focusing on which office she'd try to run for next than gamble in Las Vegas.

I never was a big fan of Edgar and I was a kid back then remember he was before Jailbird Ryan, and I believe Blago got in, in 2002 if I remember. So shoot I had to be in Junior High when Edgar last held office.

And you are right Billy he is always begged to run. It is sickening but hey guys we got Da Bulls!!! So that can take our mind off this hell hole state!

BTW off topic I got mail from Randy Hultgren saying he was a target for the dems. Do you guys buy that?

I know Foster won because Oberlooser couldn't win a dog catching race. Then Foster won re-election during the Obamawave.

I would think that the most vulnerable Districts remain the 10th (Kirk's old seat) and Joe Walsh in the 8th District (Bean's old seat). I think Kinzigner in the 11th is safe. Roskam and Biggert are for sure safe.

Hultgren has Hastert's old seat and I find it hard to believe that he is really at risk of being picked off by the Democrats.

If the economy and unemployment remain at their current levels we won't lose a seat and God willing take back the State House. I pray that my IL House Rep Kevin McCarthy is thrown out he is a piece of trash.

50 posted on 05/17/2011 4:15:54 PM PDT by Dengar01 (Go Bulls!!!)
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