Thompson Tells Republicans he's Battle Tested

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 --- 2:43p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Former Gov. Tommy Thompson tells Republicans he should get their endorsement in the U.S. Senate race because he is battle tested and can start to work immediately in rolling back President Barack Obama's policies.

Thompson was the first of four Republican candidates to speak at the Republican Party convention on Saturday. It takes 60 percent of the votes of delegates to win the party's endorsement.

Thompson says he showed over his 14 years as governor that he knows how to take on Democrats and powerful special interests and transformed Wisconsin. He calls the national debt the greatest threat facing the country.

Other Republicans running are businessman Eric Hovde, former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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