2012 Election | Barack Obama | Tammy Baldwin | Tommy Thompson | Wisconsin

White House Won't Commit To Supporting Historic Senate Candidate


The Washington Blade's Chris Johnson spent some portion of his Thursday trying to get White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to say whether or not Barack Obama intends campaign at all with Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin -- a seven-term US legislator and out lesbian, now running for the Senate seat of the retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, also a Democrat. Mr. Carney refused to say.

Esq-tommy-thompson-081412-lgIf Ms. Baldwin wins her race, she'll be the first out gay person ever elected to the US Senate. But it's not going well. Her opponent is Tommy Thompson, who served as Wisconsin's governor from 1987 - 2001, before becoming George W. Bush's Secretary of Health and Human Services for four years. He's gaffe-prone and a little ridiculous, but his name recognition is hard to beat.

From the Blade:

Baldwin appears to be facing [a] tough battle in her race against Thompson because recent polls give him a considerable lead. A poll from Marquette University Law School published Wednesday found Thompson leading Baldwin 50-41, while a Public Policy Poll published the same day gave Thompson a 49-44 lead.

Mr. Carney did give Ms. Baldwin a full and enthusiastic endorsement, but downplayed the historical significance of her race:

“I think [the race is] very significant,” Carney said. “I think what is most significant is that someone qualified like Ms. Baldwin is running for that office and would make an excellent senator if elected.”

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  1. @ANDREW Beyond your petulant, insulting remark, my answer is: Yes.

    See, either you stand with us and do it proudly with conviction or you're against us. There, unfortunately, can be no middle ground.

    And, darling Andrew, you are very wrong. This election is about taking control of Congress. THAT is the single most important thing about this election. If the Democrats lose the Senate, if they fail to regain the House or lose more seats in the House, then it will not matter if Mr. Obama gets reelected or not.

    I'd also say any electoral race in any State or municipality that can turn back the tide of republicon, teabatty extremism is important.

    I love you, Andrew, regardless of your immaturity and lack of priorities.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 26, 2012 1:52:30 PM

  2. Jamal49: So if Obama doesn't come out and support Baldwin you will vote for Romney or abstain. I say again you are a moron.: "there, unfortunately, can be no middle ground". As it happens in politics, most solutions are found in the middle ground. Please don't call me "darling", real men don't talk like that.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 26, 2012 9:20:25 PM

  3. Obama is barely holding on to his own campaign he doesn't care about someone running for a measly senate position. Politicians could care less about anything but getting money for themselves. Hello

    Posted by: aaaack | Aug 26, 2012 10:10:28 PM

  4. @AAAACK: Politicians are no better or worse than the rest of us.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 26, 2012 10:57:10 PM

  5. Misleading headline. Andy, you're better than that.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Aug 27, 2012 12:54:04 AM

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