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UPDATE: GOP candidates for Congress jockey for right wing support

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Three Republican legislators running to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R) in Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District brought familiar rhetoric to a candidate forum in front of GOP donors Tuesday.

Both Sen. Joe Leibham and Rep. Duey Stroebel said repealing Obamacare was among their top priorities. Sen. Glenn grothman did the most chest thumping in laying out his conservative resume, saying no one did more to push Governor Walker's fiscal reforms than he did.

"I was the guy out front.  I want you to see that I'm a leader and understand we have to do things to improve the business climate in the state," said Sen. Grothman.

Grothman says his number one priority in Washington would be to reduce reliance on entitlements.

"The number of people on FoodShare went up under George Bush from 17 million to 28 million," said Sen. Grothman.  "It has since gone up to 49 million.  We have got to change that immediately or we're going to have so many people on the government that we're never gonna win another election."

Senator Leibham said he wants to help restore the nation's fiscal solvency.

"And that's what I pledge to do as your new representative out in Congress is to work to bring those fiscal controls out to Washington, DC. through a balanced budget amendment," said Sen. Leibham.

Rep. Stroebel tried to emphasize the fact that he was not a career politician.

"I'm the only person in this race who started a business, created jobs and meets a payroll today as we speak," said Rep. Stroebel.

Tuesday's forum was put on by Citizens For Responsible Government and Business for Wisconsin Jobs.

The winner of the August 12th Republican primary faces Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris (D) in November.  District 6 includes all or parts of Columbia, Marquette, Green Lake and Dodge counties.
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