Baldwin, Thompson spar over 9/11, Iran

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Tommy Thompson says he questions Democrat Tammy Baldwin's judgment and not her patriotism for voting against a resolution honoring victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Thompson made his comments Friday during the third and final debate before the election for Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat.

Baldwin says she is outraged that Thompson ran a campaign ad this week attacking her vote on the resolution. She says she voted against it because it contained other language supporting Republican policies she opposed.

She voted nine times for similar resolutions honoring the victims.

The two candidates also sparred over Iran. Baldwin questions Thompson's holding stocks in companies that do business with Iran, while he says it's wrong for her to take donations from a group that opposes Iranian sanctions.

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Baldwin calls herself progressive in debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Tommy Thompson are defending their records in their third and final debate before the election for the Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat.

Baldwin said in Friday's debate she is a proud progressive who will fight for the middle class. Thompson has tried to paint her as an extreme liberal.

Thompson says he's "always been a moderate conservative," even though during the Republican primary he portrayed himself as conservative.

Polls show the race to be virtually tied, with more than $40 million being spent by both the candidates and outside groups.

Baldwin and Thompson have been sparring in recent days over actions they took in the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, their positions on health care reform and Iran.


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