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Baldwin's campaign defends dodging of criticism over donation by Thompson

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Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) - Madison and former Governor Tommy Thompson (R)
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) - Madison and former Governor Tommy Thompson (R)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Tammy Baldwin’s U.S. Senate campaign defends the way she dodged criticism during last week’s debate about her donation from a group that opposes sanctions against Iran.

The Council for a Livable World gave Baldwin $60,000 – a gift that her Republican opponent Tommy Thompson says the House Democrat should give back. But Thompson misidentified the group and its name in his debate with Baldwin last Thursday night. And she calmly refused to address the issue until Thompson could come up with the group’s exact name, which he never did.

He first called it a “company,” and Baldwin replied that companies cannot give political donations. And when Thompson later called the group “The Council for a Living Earth” instead of “Living World,” Baldwin said she never heard of such a group.

Thompson’s camp later accused of Baldwin of lying, saying she knew exactly what the former governor was talking about. But John Kraus of the Baldwin camp said Thompson made a, “phony attack.” And Kraus told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Thompson should, “own up to his own fumbles.”

He also said Baldwin would not give back the $60,000. Thompson and Baldwin will debate each other one more time on Friday night. 

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