Red, White and Blue

Republican U.S. Senate candidates campaign in Milwaukee

CREATED Mar 21, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 21, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- We are just five months away from the primary for the open U.S. Senate seat.  Already a large Republican field, the candidates say they are all in it for the long haul.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald calls himself the dark horse in the race, but argues in the crowded field he'll do well because he's the real conservative in the race to fill Herb Kohl's Senate seat.
"I like crowded, I won a 6 way primary when I ran for state Assembly.  I don't think it's a big deal," Fitzgerald said.
Governor Tommy Thompson is largely considered the front runner, and is using big names to help boost his campaign.  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be in Wisconsin next week to support Thompson's run for Senate.
"I'm going to have a lot of national people coming in here and supporting me," Thompson said.
Trying to get his name on the map, Mark Neumann brought a pig, called Mr. Favors, to the Press Club earlier this week to make a point about pork spending in the federal budget.
"Whatever shines the light on America's 15 trillion dollar debt crisis, we'll use every tool in the tool chest," said Neumann campaign manager, Chip Englander
"To me, it appears a little bit desperate," retorted Jeff Fitzgerald.
Tammy Baldwin is the only big name Democrat in the field, and her campaign manager says they will continue getting their message across while Republicans battle it out.

"While the Republicans may be taking shots at one another, there is something to keep in mind: these are people who support Paul Ryan's plan to end medicare, they support big tax giveaways," said Baldwin campaign manager, Phil Walzak.
Businessman Eric Hovde has also jumped into the race on the Republican side.