The automated phone survey of 500 likely voters found 49 percent backed Thompson, while 42 percent favored Baldwin, D-Madison.
The survey also found Baldwin doing better against two of the other GOP candidates in the race.
Forty-four percent supported Baldwin, compared to 43 percent for former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, while 46 percent backed her when pitted against Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, who was backed by 39 percent of respondents.
The survey was done Wednesday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
When asked to choose between Duffy and a generic candidate, 43 percent of respondants backed the incumbent while 51 percent chose someone else.
“Republican incumbents such as Sean Duffy running in swing districts are in serious trouble and Republican control of the House is in serious jeopardy,” House Majority PAC Executive Director Alixandria Lapp said in a statement.
The poll, conducted by N.C.-based Dem firm Public Policy Polling, surveyed 1,866 registered voters in the 7th CD from Oct. 19-23. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
Green Bay business consultant Jamie Wall was among more than 100 Dem House candidates to attend a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee training session Wednesday in Washington.
According to a report in Roll Call, committee chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., named Wall among seven other Dem candidates in highlighting the attendees.
Wall is challenging freshman U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, after finishing behind former U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen in the 2006 8th CD primary.
NRCC Spokeswoman Andrea Bozek charged in a statement that Wall is “taking policy advice from the authors of the failed stimulus plan and $1 trillion government takeover of healthcare that has left Wisconsin’s middle-class families with nothing but pink slips and more debt.”
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan today accused the president of abandoning the hope and optimism of his first campaign to prey on the “emotions of fear, envy and resentment” as he seeks re-election.
Speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Ryan said Obama has refused to work with Republicans, instead barnstorming the country with a divisive message that pits one group against another.
“This has the potential to be just as damaging as his misguided policies,” said Ryan, R-Janesville. “Sowing social unrest and class resentment makes America weaker, not stronger. Pitting one group against another only distracts us from the true sources of inequity in this country -- corporate welfare that enriches the powerful, and empty promises that betray the powerless.”
Ryan quoted Obama from his 2008 campaign knocking a failure of leadership and “smallness of our politics.” But he said Obama accused Republicans of favoring dirtier water and air, has refused to put forward a credible plan to fix the nation’s debt and is campaigning against a do-nothing Congress when it’s a do-nothing Senate that has killed more than a dozen bills the House approved to spur the economy.
Ryan also offered another defense of his proposal to overhaul the nation’s entitlement programs and work by House Republicans to rein in spending.
In contrast, he said, Obama and Dems have embraced tax hikes that will not fix the deficit while damaging economic growth.
“But instead of working together where we agree, the president has opted for divisive rhetoric and the broken politics of the past,” Ryan said. “He is going from town to town, impugning the motives of Republicans, setting up straw men and scapegoats, and engaging in intellectually lazy arguments, as he tries to build support for punitive tax hikes on job creators.”
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Milwaukee next week for a fundraiser.
The Oct. 26 event at Discovery World will include ticket prices ranging from $250 to $10,000.
The maximum donation will be $35,800 for the Obama Victory Fund, a joint operation between the campaign and the DNC. The first $2,500 of any large donation will go to the president’s primary fund, the next $2,500 would go the general election and the remainder up to $30,800 would go the DNC.
RNC spokesman Ryan Mahoney slammed the visit, saying the Obama campaign “will need every penny raised in Wisconsin to spin their failed record. Instead of addressing serious job creation proposals for Wisconsin, the Obama Administration seems to only be interested in using the state as an ATM for his campaign coffers.”
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson decried the political climates of both Washington, D.C., and Madison during a WisPolitics luncheon Monday, saying he rejects the idea that officials must pass litmus tests to get elected.
Thompson, who has filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate, but has not officially announced his candidacy, has been under attack from some who question his conservative credentials.
"To those few individuals that believe that they want somebody so strident, to go to Washington just to say 'No,' I will tell you I'm not that candidate," Thompson said.
He reiterated that he's not officially announcing his candidacy until the spring, but said, "I am definitely going to be running."
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s Senate campaign says 93 percent of her recent donors gave $100 or less with an average individual contribution of $71.
Baldwin raised $738,000 during the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, her campaign said. She had more than $1.5 million in the bank.
“We are honored by the powerful outpouring of support for our campaign to stand up for the middle class, fight for jobs and make sure the voices of the people are heard in Washington above the powerful special interests,” Baldwin said. “It’s clear our message is connecting deeply with voters, and I’m proud to have the support of thousands of people hungry to support a fighter who will stand up for them."
Baldwin, D-Madison, and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, R-Nashotah, are the only Senate candidates who have to file reports for the third quarter. Neumann’s campaign previously announced he has raised more than $300,000.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind joined the five GOP members of Wisconsin’s House delegation in supporting three trade agreements the House approved.
U.S. Reps. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, opposed all three agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama.
Baldwin, who’s running for the U.S. Senate, said similar agreements have rewarded corporations at the expense of the middle class.
“Trade agreements should be in the best interests of our nation and its people, but sadly this has not been the case with the past free trade agreements,” she said. “Have some of our wealthiest corporations profited from them? Indeed. But the rest of America, especially the middle class, has struggled with job loss, closed factories, and economic and emotional anguish across the country.”
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, praised the deals. All three also passed the Senate yesterday.
“This is just long overdue. This creates jobs,” the House Budget chair said on the floor before the votes.
Wisconsin's senators took opposing sides on the president's jobs bill during a cloture vote Tuesday evening.
U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Milwaukee, supported the measure, which failed to meet the 60-vote threshold to break a GOP filibuster by a 50-49 tally. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, voted against the proposal.
The vote was largely along party lines, with Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana the lone Democrats to join with Republicans in opposition. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also voted against the bill in a procedural move.
Jeff Fitzgerald said this spring's fights over government spending and eliminating most collective bargaining powers for public employees has prepared him for going to Washington, D.C.
The Assembly speaker appeared on conservative radio host Charlie Sykes's show this morning to officially declare for the U.S. Senate race. He filed papers more than a week ago to run, but said the appearance was his formal announcement.
Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, said people doubted Republicans could balance a $3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes and that they could reform Wisconsin's government. But he said they delivered on both fronts and that he led that fight in the Assembly.
"I have a story to tell," Fitzgerald said.
State Dem Party Chairman Mike Tate responded, "Along with his brother, Fitzgerald has been an unquestioning tool of (Governor) Walker's corporate power grab in this state."
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin is the only Dem in the race.
State Rep. Mark Pocan's congressional campaign today announced the Madison Dem has raised more than $120,000 in his first quarterly campaign finance report since joining the race for the 2nd CD.
Pocan attributed the total to more than 600 individual donors, along with "national progressive organizations and friends in labor."
"This experience is yet more evidence that our campaign is driven by the hundreds of grassroots supporters who believe in it," Pocan said in a statement. "We based this campaign on the idea that we need more than symbolic opposition for our progressive values to endure these challenging times."
Pocan is set to face fellow Madison Dem Rep. Kelda Roys and Dane Co. Treasurer Dave Worzala in the primary for Tammy Baldwin's current district next year.
Despite increasing calls for an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan -- including from some corners of the Republican Party -- former Vice President Dick Cheney instead says the country should be in for the long haul, suggesting a commitment like the one that has kept American troops in Europe since the end of World War II.
In an Oct. 7 interview with WisPolitics.com, Cheney said the American military should remain in the country until the Afghan people can provide for their own security, arguing the U.S. has already seen the consequences of leaving that strategically important country. Oct. 7 was the 10th anniversary of the United States invading Afghanistan.
"That is a dangerous proposition, partly because we saw what happened once before when nobody was able to establish control inside Afghanistan," Cheney said, recalling the instability that lead to the Taliban's takeover of the country in the 1990s.
In addition, the former vice president said the region is too volatile to abandon altogether -- even if Afghanistan stabilizes -- saying the threat of nuclear or biological weapons proliferation remains a grave threat.
"We have been in Europe since 1945, and in Japan. Those have been forward operating bases that have allowed us to maintain peace and order in those parts of the world, and I don't think we ought to totally turn our backs on Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq," Cheney said. "I don't think you need to maintain large forces there, but I do think we ought to consult with our military and figure out what we do need."
That view runs contrary to some of the isolationist views in the current GOP presidential field, which Cheney does not support, saying, "I disagree with it."
Cheney also said President Obama was justified in carrying out a strike that killed an American-born Muslim cleric and terrorism organizer in Yemen, despite arguments from some that the order violated the due process rights of Anwar al-Awlaki.
But he said the president should reconsider his previous criticism of the Bush administration with regard to terrorism: "They can't have it both ways."
"If that had been a law enforcement operation, there are questions of due process that enter in," Cheney said. "On the other hand, if you think of it as part of a war ... then I think the president's fully justified in ordering a strike that takes out senior leadership on the other side.
"The problem the administration's got is they can't decide whether it's a war or criminal problem. ... They didn't want to say it's a war, but yet they're now adopting tactics that certainly imply that it is exactly that."
In the interview, Cheney also discussed his time in Wisconsin, his initial foray into politics and his views of Wisconsin's current crop of GOP leaders.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan reported raising $628,883 from July 1 through September 30, according to the latest report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The new numbers for Ryan, R-Janesville, bring his year to date fundraising total to just over $2 million. Ryan also reported spending $193,339 and had a cash balance of $4.27 million.
“The overwhelming support further convinces me that people want specific, permanent and effective solutions to the challenges facing our country,” said Ryan in a statement. “Wherever I go, I am receiving unprecedented encouragement to keep fighting those who want to kick our problems down the road.”
All congressional finance reports are due to the FEC by Oct. 15.
GOP U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said President Obama’s jobs bill is “not a serious piece of legislation,” calling it “stimulus divided by two.”
“George Bush tried some of these ideas and they failed then too,” the Janesville Republican said on Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” a statewide TV newsmagazine produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com. “We want to pass ideas that are proven to work.”
Ryan told Gousha there are areas in which Republicans agree with the president. He said they include tax reform for businesses and free trade agreements. But the president didn’t put those in his jobs bill, and Ryan said Obama is embracing conflict over compromise.
“We have a president running around the country picking a fight with Congress for political reasons,” Ryan said.
Ryan also took issue with the president’s declaration that he’s the underdog in next year’s election, citing Obama’s status as an incumbent as well as fundraising ability and organization.
“The incumbent always has the advantage,” Ryan said. “He can get on tonight’s news anytime he wants.”
Dem U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin told Gousha she thinks the president’s jobs bill is a good piece of legislation, even though some Dems haven't been quick to support it.
Baldwin praised the president for coming up with legislation that contained bipartisan ideas, something she implied should have won the bill support in the GOP-controlled House.
“The fact that the House Republicans are not bringing this immediately to the floor is pure politics, it’s pure presidential campaign politics,” said Baldwin, a U.S. Senate candidate next year in the race to fill Herb Kohl's seat. “And the fact that they put those politics over the interests of the people they represent makes me angry.”
Mark Neumann announced this morning he raised $300,000 during the first month of his campaign from more than 1,400 donors -- without any help from his pocketbook.
“This phenomenal number shows that our conservative message is resonating,” Neumann said. “America faces a debt crisis of historic proportions. We will not get the private sector creating jobs until we cut spending and balance the budget. This is what I have been saying across Wisconsin and people are clearly responding.”
Neumann is the only Republican in the U.S. Senate race who will file a campaign finance report for the third quarter, which ended Friday. His campaign didn't release his full report, which is due later this month.
Green Bay business consultant Jamie Wall announced this morning that he'll make another run at the 8th Congressional District next year, becoming the first Democrat to declare against U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble.
Wall, who finished second to former U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen of Appleton in a three-way Dem primary in 2006, also worked at the state Department of Commerce during Gov. Jim Doyle's first term.
“We can turn things around, both here in Wisconsin and across the country," Wall said in a statement. "But it’s going to take leadership that’s focused on improving the economy, creating jobs, and protecting the way of life we enjoy here in Wisconsin. We need people in Congress who will find practical ways to preserve Medicare and Social Security instead of working to destroy them."
Ribble, R-Sherwood, is in his freshman term in the House.
The National Republican Congressional Committee fired back with a statement that, "Wisconsin middle-class families rejected Jamie Wall once because of his unwavering support for government-run healthcare and job-destroying tax increases and they will do it again."
"There is no question that Wall would be a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi’s big government and spending agenda that has devastated Wisconsin’s economy,” said NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson today filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, another step toward formalizing his bid for the U.S. Senate.
His campaign said a tour to formally announce his candidacy is in the works. The filing comes on the heels of Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, and state Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, filing documents with the FEC to begin raising money as they take a step closer to running.
In a fundraising appeal emailed to supporters, Thompson also wrote that he's signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge authored by Americans for Tax Reform, saying he's "always fought to get the long arm of government out of the pockets of working families."
"Republicans need to win in Wisconsin to capture a GOP majority in the US Senate. Only then will we derail the Obama/Reid agenda and get American working again," Thompson wrote. "I can win. And this pledge is my commitment to you that I will continue to fight for Wisconsin taxpayers … and I will fight against tax increases and further reckless spending."
So far, only former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann has declared for the race on the GOP side, while U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, is the only Dem in the race.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says there's room to find common ground despite polarization in politics.
“We’re going to have to link arms and jump in to the icy waters,” the La Crosse Dem said on Sunday's "UpFront with Mike Gousha."
Kind told Gousha that President Barack Obama’s "American Jobs Act'' came from ideas that had support from both parties in the past, adding that any objections are due to politics and not policy differences. Kind conceded that finding ways to pay for the bill will be challenging.
Kind recently announced he wouldn't run for the U.S. Senate. He said he gave a possible run serious consideration. Among the factors influencing his decision were the difficulty of winning a primary against U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Madison and his family responsibilities.