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Final U.S. Senate debate Friday night


UNDATED (WSAU)  The two main candidates for Wisconsin’s open U-S Senate seat will hold their third-and-final debate tonight. Republican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin will square off at eight o’clock on A-B-C T-V stations throughout the state – stations that carry the “Upfront” program hosted by tonight’s moderator Mike Gousha.

You can expect the two to keep sparring over health care reform, after Baldwin said yesterday she would she not push for a 100-percent government-funded health system like she did during her 14 years in the U-S House. Baldwin said she would try to make sure the Obama health reform law fits the needs of Wisconsin. Thompson’s campaign accused Baldwin of quote, “trying to cover up an extremist past” by highlighting her support for the Obama plan.

As governor Thompson occasionally ran into trouble for speaking off the cuff. And it will be interesting to see if he dots his “I’s” and crosses his “T’s” tonight, after what happened in their last debate eight days ago. Thompson went after Baldwin for taking campaign money from a group that opposes U-S sanctions against Iran. But he got one word incorrect in identifying the group, and Baldwin dodged the issue by saying she never heard of that organization.

The Marquette Law School is hosting and sponsoring tonight’s debate along with Wis-Politics and WISN T-V in Milwaukee.