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Tommy Thompson's Defenders

Ever since former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson's (R) name was floated as a likely candidate for retiring-Sen. Herb Kohl's (D) seat, he's absorbed his share of blows. But not everyone is attacking him.

While the national Club for Growth hasn't pulled any punches, slamming Thompson in a release and web video this week, the Wisconsin Club for Growth had only nice things to say about the former governor. "While WICFG does not intend to issue statements or offer opinions regarding the positions of candidates for U.S.Senate, we recognize Governor Tommy Thompson's significant contributions to improving Wisconsin's economy and reforming government," the group said in a statement.

And on Friday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said "I'm excited that Tommy Thompson is running for the United States Senate and I believe this gives us a great opportunity to retire Harry Reid and the liberals who control that body today. I was honored to work for Tommy when he was President Bush's HHS Secretary," in a statement circulated by Darrin Schmitz, who has worked in various capacities for Thompson. Thompson served as HHS secretary during George W. Bush's administration from 2001-2005. Jindal served as assistant HHS secretary under Thompson starting in 2001, before leaving in 2003 to run for governor.

Thompson has not made any official announcements yet regarding the Senate race.

Updated at 1:18 p.m.

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