Tommy Thompson's son Jason and daughter Kelli stopped in New London on Saturday, Oct. 27, to speak to residents during a meet-and-greet held at Familiar Grounds.
Thompson is running for a seat in the US Senate, as incumbent Democratic US Senator Herb Kohl is retiring instead of running for reelection to a fifth term. Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin is also running for election to the seat from which Kohl is retiring.
Both Jason and Kelli pointed to their father's record as they encouraged voters to cast ballots on Nov. 6.
"Dad is a reformer," said Kelli. "He can run on his record. He has common sense ideas to work with businesses and grow the economy. There were 740,000 jobs created in Wisconsin while he was governor and he cut taxes 91 times."
Kelli also said republicans are leading the way on healthcare, school choice, and welfare. She said her father is looking to help reform Social Security for future seniors while also pushing for a federal budget, which has been absent for over three years. The last federal budget was passed April 29, 2009.
"Dad wants to make a difference," said Jason. "There is a spending problem in Washington, DC., and he can help fix it."
"People don't want a hand out, they want a hand up," said Kelli as she discussed her father's views on welfare. "Dad also believes that education is key to helping people better themselves. He believes in helping students pursue a useful degree so they can get jobs after college. It's about working with individuals to get on the path to new jobs."
Kelli also stated that her father has been instrumental in getting technical colleges and high schools to work together to create programs that benefit students and prepare them to enter the workforce.
"We need to have our kids prosper," said Jason. "Young people need to be engaged in this election, because this election is about their future."
Kelli and Jason held a discussion with attendees covering other campaign issues as well, and noted that the election is quickly approaching.
"It's a team effort and a sprint to the finish line," concluded Jason.
Tommy Thompson was a long-serving state legislator in Wisconsin, and served as the state's 42nd governor from 1987 to 2001. He also served as US Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2005. He was a candidate for the US Presidential election in 2008, but dropped out well before the election.
The 2012 United States Senate election in Wisconsin will take place on Nov. 6, alongside a U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections.
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