August 15, 2012

W'S PARTY:

Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin lifts GOP hopes for US Senate takeover (Mark Guarino, August 15, 2012, CS Monitor)

Thompson had flirted with a 2008 presidential bid, but decided against it. His claim to fame outside Wisconsin is as the governor who authored welfare-to-work legislation that later became the blueprint for welfare reform during the Clinton presidency. Thompson later became secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush and, in recent years, has been an influential Washington lobbyist.

Thompson has a reputation as a moderate who strikes compromises with Democrats, says Arnold Shober, a government professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

"He represents a George W. Bush version of what Republicans should be: that government is a good thing, that we don't need to get rid of it; tax relief is good, but let's also make government do good stuff. He compromised," Mr. Shober says.

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