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Walker touts Thompson campaign at fundraiser

Published On: Oct 14 2012 10:13:15 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 14 2012 05:15:52 PM CDT

Gov. Scott Walker said it will take money, a good message and manpower for Tommy Thompson to win Wisconsin's Senate race.

Walker delivered the message at a Sunday fundraiser for Thompson hosted by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Walker said Thompson has the better message than Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Senate race. And Walker said Republicans have made 2 million voter contacts since July to help both Mitt Romney and Thompson's campaigns in Wisconsin.

Walker said Thompson "doesn't need" to be elected to the Senate, but the children and grandchildren of the state need him in that role.

Walker shared the stage with Thompson, Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

Priebus called Thompson "somebody who showed all of us and paved the way in this state and this country."

Polls show Baldwin with a narrow lead over Thompson with the election just 23 days away.

About 50 protesters gathered outside the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee where Ryan is hosting a fundraiser for Thompson on Sunday.

Deborah Wiersum of Kenosha carried a sign Sunday that says "Don't Mess With Medicare." She said she opposes Ryan's proposal that would change Medicare into a voucher program.

The 62-year-old Wiersum said he 84-year-old mother also opposes the plan, even though it would not affect her because of her age.

Wiersum said she is protesting both Ryan and Thompson, who faces Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Senate race.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore also showed up outside the event. She called Ryan and Thompson a "dangerous duo" who will devastate the middle class by ending Medicare and Medicaid.

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