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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Neumann: Country ready for balanced budget

Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann said Monday he's running for Senate because he believes the country is ready to accept what's necessary to balance the federal budget.

Neumann, who served two terms in the 1st CD in the 1990s, passed on a run for Senate last year to take on Scott Walker in the GOP guv primary. In a conference call with reporters after announcing his run on Charlie Sykes' radio show, Neumann said the country is in a much different place now than even two years ago.

"I believe America is in serious trouble," Neumann said, adding that the national debt has tripled since he left office and that the public is now aware of its potential ramifications.

"It's a staggering number, and it's a number big enough to bring this nation to its knees," Neumann said.

Neumann said the political environment is "100 percent different" than when he was in the governor's race, predicting his message of fiscal responsibility would overcome any lingering schism between his campaign and GOP primary voters.

"I'm very, very optimistic that we're in the right spot," Neumann said.

He also vowed to keep his campaign's focus on U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who's expected to jump into the race on the Dem side.

He said it would be up to GOP candidates to articulate their positions on issues, but said his position on federal health care reform is clear.

"We will work hard to get that off the books," Neumann said.

The national Club for Growth has taken a series of shots at former Gov. Tommy Thompson on the issue in anticipation of his announcement for the Senate race.

Thompson’s campaign responded to Neumann’s entrance by urging him to tell his “Washington DC allies he will not tolerate additional distortions” of the former guv’s record.

The national Club for Growth has accused Thompson of supporting higher taxes and spending as well as Obamacare. Thompson’s campaign has responded by charging Neumann is behind the attacks because two of his former staffers now work for the organization.

Failing to issue such a call is a clear message for GOP voters that Neumann “intends to run yet another campaign full of lies and mudslinging,” Thompson consultant Darrin Schmitz said.

“Republican voters deserve a primary campaign based on the issues,” Schmitz said. “What Republicans do not need are more of the smear tactics Mark Neumann used in his failed campaign against Governor Scott Walker.”

Thompson’s campaign also announced former Assembly Speaker John Gard and former state Treasurer Cate Zeuske will serve as co-chairs on the campaign. The husband and wife co-chaired Neumann’s gubernatorial campaign last year.

Other Republicans looking at a Senate bid include Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, former state Sen. Ted Kanavas and state Sen. Frank Lasee.


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