The candidates for Wisconsin’s open senate seat spoke to the Disabled American Veterans convention this morning in downtown Appleton. Both Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson say veterans issues are very important to them, and they’re committed to serving the soldiers when those men and women in uniform are done serving the country.
Responding to news that the federal unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent last month, Thompson says its not an indication that the economy is improving. “But did you see also how many people did not file? They’re dropping out because they do not believe there are any jobs available. That is a sad commentary on the current Administration to have that kind of problem.”
Baldwin says the numbers show the economy is continuing a slow recovery, but its not enough. “For me, I’m not satisfied. It’s not fast enough. Obviously we want to see the recovery continue. Middle class families in Wisconsin are still struggling. It used if you work hard and play by the rules you’d get ahead. Too many are working hard, playing by the rules, and just getting by.”
Thompson and Baldwin also say the nation needs to get the budget deficit under control, but don’t want to cut funding for veterans issues.
Rick Schuh, WHBY