Election 2012: Baldwin, Thompson spar over health care in second debate
Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson and Democratic challenger Tammy Baldwin sparred over Medicare, health care reform and sanctions against Iran in a freewheeling second debate Thursday for Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat.
Polls show the race to be a dead heat, and both candidates tried to hammer home key themes of their campaigns at the debate on the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County in Wausau.
Baldwin hit Thompson on his career in the private sector since 2001 working for a high-powered Washington law firm, while Thompson said Baldwin had been an ineffective congresswoman the past 14 years and represented views on the far left of the Democratic Party.
The debate's open format, in which the candidates could interact directly with one another without interference from the moderator, led to several spirited exchanges with Baldwin and Thompson talking directly to one another and sometimes over the top of one another.
"Why don't you tell the truth?" Thompson said as they debated health care.