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Thompson

Republican from Wisconsin

Tommy Thompson, a Republican, was a 2012 candidate for the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin. He served as governor of Wisconsin from 1987 until 2001, when he left office to become President George W. Bush's secretary of health and human services. He previously spent 20 years in the Wisconsin Assembly. Thompson briefly ran for president, withdrawing in 2007.

Recent statements involving Tommy Thompson

"Wisconsin is not as obese as the national average is. The national average, 35.7 percent of the population is obese. In Wisconsin, it's closer to 26 percent."

Says U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson "says he’ll do away with Medicare."  

"Tommy Thompson made millions from corporations who outsource American jobs and now he's trying to lavish huge tax breaks on them."  

On support for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan  

Says Democrats first proposed prohibiting the government from negotiating prices for prescription drugs in Medicare Part D and he "had nothing to do with" that provision in the law.

Recent stories featuring Tommy Thompson

Tommy vs. Tammy III: Our US Senate debate roundup:

With the election for a critical open U.S. Senate seat just over a week away, Republican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin squared off Oct. 26, 2012 in their final debate.

Here's our roundup of repeat claims and how they fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

Tommy v. Tammy II: Senate debate roundup:

The second U.S. Senate debate between Republican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin covered a lot of familiar ground on taxes, Medicare, health care, Iran and budget deficits as the race entered its final weeks. Here's a look at how the candidates fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

 

In context: Baldwin's "damn right" statement:

With our occasional "In context" feature, we look at the context of a quote that is getting attention in the political world. In this case, we look at a snippet from a 2011 speech by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin.

Her "You're damn right" has already been used to amplify points in two attack ads.

Tommy vs. Tammy: A US Senate debate primer:

With polls showing his lead evaporating, Tommy Thompson will meet Tammy Baldwin on Friday for the first of three debates in the race for an open Wisconsin U.S. Senate.

Using past Truth-O-Meter ratings, here's a look at past claims by and about the former Republican governor and the Democratic congresswoman.

Roundup: Our Republican U.S. Senate primary primer:

With voters going to the polls Tuesday for Wisconsin's fall primary, here is a look at how the four Republican U.S. Senate candidates fared on the Truth-O-Meter during their contentious race.

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