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Tammy Baldwin disappointed with 'toxicity of today's campaigns'

CREATED Nov 2, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 2, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Recent polls show Wisconsin's U.S Senate race is close, but with Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin holding a slight lead over Republican Tommy Thompson.

On Thursday, TODAY'S TMJ4 sat down one-on-one with Tommy Thompson.

On Friday, it's Tammy Baldwin's turn.  She spoke about this fierce battle with TODAY'S TMJ4's Annie Scholz.

Annie sat down with the congresswoman at a coffee shop Friday afternoon where she met with voters in this final push to election day.  She says it's been a tough road, but one that's well worth it if it leads to victory.

Annie Scholz: "Four days to go, how does it feel?"
Tammy Baldwin: "It feels really good, my last two days have been with a lot of folks who are volunteering tirelessly."
Annie Scholz: "Tommy Thompson was quoted yesterday as calling your campaign vicious, how do you respond to that?"
Tammy Baldwin: "You know first of all I think the most important part of the campaign is when the candidates get out on the trail and take their message directly to the people as I've been doing for months now.  I'm very disappointed with the toxicity of today's campaigns."
Annie Scholz: "Some estimates are putting this race at a cost of $50 million, a lot of that from outside groups, what do you make of all of the money that's being directed toward this race right now? "
Tammy Baldwin: "I think some of those special interests are trying to buy the senate and I think it's makes me wonder why do these outside interests want to tell Wisconsinites who their next U.S. Senator is or should be."
Annie Scholz: "Here you are neck and neck (in the polls), how does that feel?"
Tammy Baldwin: "I remember right after the primary (Tommy Thompson) saying 'I'm known as Tommy' and I thought, boy I'm really lucky that my name is Tammy and everyone's talking about the race between Tommy and Tammy...they're concluding, I'm the one who's fighting for them."

The congresswoman says she's going to spend the next four days making her way across the state, trying to reach out to any undecided voters. On Saturday, she'll be in Monona with Minnesota Senator Al Franken.