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Capitol City Sunday features Republican/Democrat debate


MADISON (WKOW) -- The battle for Wisconsin, both on a state and national level, is the topic of this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

Secretary of State Doug La Follette joins 27 News Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann and Tony Galli to talk about why he is running for Governor.

We'll also have a spirited debate between a Democrat and a Republican about the presidential election and the recall races.

With Mitt Romney winning Tuesday's Republican presidential primary, it seems inevitable he will now face off against President Barack Obama here this fall.

Republican Party of Wisconsin Vice-Chair Brian Schimming will be one of our guests, and believes Romney has a good chance.

"The Democrats have a huge problem," said Schimming.  "We still have high unemployment, we have four dollar gas, we've seen 80,000 people in Wisconsin lose their jobs in the Obama administration."

But Democratic Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) told Schimming he believes Romney will have a problem with women voters.

"Obviously it will be Mitt who makes it through, they're gonna have an issue in explaining why they support certain things that they do to women," said Sen. Erpenbach.

Just this past week, Sen. Erpenbach endorsed Tom Barrett in the recall race for Governor, because he believes the Milwaukee Mayor has the best chance to defeat Republican incumbent Scott Walker.

"That's why we're having the recall and I tend to think, my personal opinion is, that Tom Barrett is in a better position now than Kathleen (Falk) or Doug (La Follette), or Kathleen (Vinehout).  

But Brian Schimming said the Democrats are their own worst enemies.

"Now, they're heading into a primary in their own party, which is ugly already and we're still weeks out from that primary.  So, I'm feeling pretty good about the Governor, from the polling and what we saw on Tuesday," said Schimming.

Secretary of State Doug La Follette said no one should be calling the race either way just yet.

The Democrat said he is the best choice for Governor.

"Thousands of people stood in the cold and stood in the rain and said, we want something different, and what I say to the people of Wisconsin is, Doug La Follette is that different person," said La Follette. 

But, La Follette surprisingly said he wouldn't focus much energy on restoring collective bargaining rights for state workers.

"A Governor's not gonna be able to change that, because the legislators in the Assembly will still be dominated by people who voted for it," said La Follette.

You can hear all of that and much more, Sunday at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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