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How 9/11 Was Inserted Into the Wisconsin Senate Race

October 26, 2012
The issue of the moment in the Senate race between former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin isn't Obamacare, the deficit or tax cuts; it's Sept. 11.

Earlier this week, Thompson's campaign released an ad attacking Baldwin for voting against a 2006 House resolution commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. The resolution also praised controversial measures such as the Patriot Act. The ad describes Baldwin's vote as "a slap in the face to every one of their families and anyone who has ever served in the United States military."

A day later, Baldwin's campaign released an ad of its own, calling the Thompson ad "a disgrace," defending her record and accusing Thompson of profiting off the attacks as head of a health company that was slow to provide services to 9/11 victims.

But the 9/11 attack ad fight isn't over. The International Association of Fire Fighters and Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin will start airing an ad over the weekend that attacks Thompson for his 9/11 attack ad. The spot, which will start airing across the state over the weekend, asks "As firefighters, we have to ask, have you no sense of decency, sir?" The ad then goes on to attack Thompson, while repeating the claims made in Baldwin's response spot.

Sparring using 9/11 ads may very well come up in tonight's debate between Baldwin and Thompson in Milwaukee.


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