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When Packers Play, Campaigning Takes a Back Seat

Posted Sunday, November 4, 2012 --- 2:54 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- In a political season where campaigns disagree on almost everything, here's one area where Wisconsin politicians have found common ground: suspend campaigning whenever a Packers game is on.

In Wisconsin's hotly contested U.S. Senate race, campaign volunteers took a 3-hour timeout Sunday while Green Bay played the Arizona Cardinals. The campaigns say they know better than to upset voters with a phone call or a knock on the door during a key moment in the game.

Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson says it would "be dumb" to antagonize a voter by interrupting the game. And his Democratic opponent, Tammy Baldwin, says everyone knows you don't disturb a Packers fan while the game is on.

The presidential campaigns also stopped campaigning for those three hours.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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