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Baldwin calls Thompson attack ads "desperate"


MADISON (WKOW) -- Democrat Tammy Baldwin will debate Republican Tommy Thompson for a third and final time Friday night in their race for U.S. Senate.

On Thursday, Baldwin fired a few early shots across the bow at her opponent.

She appeared in Madison to receive the endorsement of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, but the event turned into an indictment of former Governor Thompson.

Both Congresswoman Baldwin and WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer criticized Thompson for running a television ad attacking Baldwin for voting against a 2006 U.S. House resolution to commemorate the victims of 9/11.

"I believe that the ad that Tommy Thompson put up was a desperate and dishonest ad," said Baldwin.

"Tammy Baldwin has worked to learn from the calamity of 9/11, Tommy Thompson worked to profit from it.  These are the facts," added Palmer.

During his endorsement speech, Palmer spent more time tearing down Thompson than he did praising Baldwin.

"Despite the fact that the WPPA supported Tommy Thompson in 1994 and 1998, the extremist and disgusting tone of his current campaign reflects a very different person than the man who formerly served as Wisconsin's Governor," said Palmer.

Baldwin says she voted in favor of commemorating the victims of 9/11 nine other times, but claims she had good reason to vote against it in 2006, even though only 21 other House members joined in her dissent.

"For Tommy Thompson to try and use a single resolution, one fraught with issues of immigration and the Patriot Act, to claim that Tammy Baldwin doesn't support the victims of 9/11 is an embarrassing lie," said Palmer.

"I stood up and said you should never politicize 9/11," said Baldwin.

Palmer says the WPPA is a bi-partisan organization.

They've also endorsed Republican Congressman Sean Duffy in his race in northwestern Wisconsin.

27 News reached out to the Thompson campaign for reaction to Baldwin and Palmer's comments, but did not receive a response.

Thompson did get a law enforcement endorsement of his own Thursday, from the Milwaukee Police Association.

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