Former Gov. Tommy Thompson tonight brought into sharp focus the key decision facing Republicans on August 14 by asserting his strong competitiveness in the November general election.
"The question is, who can win? Who can take it to Tammy Baldwin and win? I've won five times," Thompson said. "Can you imagine the country we would have if Barack Obama is reelected and Harry Reid remains majority leader? I can win, and I ask for your vote."
Asked about how to address excessive federal spending, Thompson cited his performance as governor and his plan for restoring America.
"I've done this," Thompson said. "We cut taxes 91 times and created 742,000 jobs." He went on to call for across-the-board spending cuts at agencies and a requirement for a balanced federal budget.
To stimulate the economy, Thompson called for repatriation of the foreign profits of U.S. corporations through overhaul of the tax code. He said there is some $1 trillion oversees that could be used to stimulate the economy through new business investment, "to grow the economy, create jobs and, as Ronald Reagan used to say, "grow the pie.'"
Thompson called for the repeal of Obamacare and other entitlement expansions.
"Barack Obama is trying to make us an entitlement society," Thompson said. "I want to stop him, and that's why I'm running."