Mark Neumann Joins Tea Party Express for Final Push in Senate Race

Former congressman and U.S. Senate candidate joins the Tea Party bus on a statewide tour just days before the Republican primary election.

With just five days before the primary election, U.S. Senate candidate Mark Neumann continued his trip around Wisconsin Thursday with the Tea Party Express bus, making a stop in Waukesha County.

Neumann's first stop of the day-long tour was at the Country Springs Hotel Thursday morning where, in front of a modest crowd of supporters, he outlined the three key issues he’ll address if elected to the open Senate seat.

“The first thing that we need to do to restore this great nation is we need to restore the government to the principles that are in the constitution of the United States of America,” Neumann said.

According to Neumann, that includes the right to bear arms. Second, he says he fully intends to repeal the Affordable Care Act and any funding associated with it. Finally, and most importantly to the candidate, Neumann intends to fix the national deficit with a plan he presented at the rally.

“He understands Washington is the problem, not the answer… Mark will be the next senator from Wisconsin. I firmly believe that.”

“We have written a plan to balance the federal budget, so the third part of my plan is to pass a balanced budget for the United States of America,” Neumann said.

The candidate was joined by Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer, who said Neumann is the first candidate she has personally contributed to.

“Mark Neumann is a proven fiscal conservative,” said Kremer, who founded the organization that is now the the nation’s largest tea party political action committee. “He understands Washington is the problem, not the answer… Mark will be the next senator from Wisconsin. I firmly believe that.”

However, the people of Wisconsin may not agree with Kremer. According to , former Gov. Tommy Thompson is favored by 28 percent of the respondents, while businessman and political newcomer Eric Hovde comes in at 20 percent. Neumann was backed by 18 percent, while Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald garnered 13 percent.

Neumann and the Tea Party Express bus are making stops in Fond du Lac, Appleton and De Pere on Thursday.

In other developments in the Senate campaign Thursday:

  • Public Policy Polling released its final poll before the primary, showing similar results to its last, with a slight lead for Hovde (27 percent). This poll shows him trailed by Thompson (25 percent) and Neumann (24 percent).

    "The Wisconsin Republican Senate primary continues to look like a three way toss up," PPP President Dean Debnam said. "The candidates are incredibly close to each other and there’s a plausible path to victory for any of them in the closing stretch of this campaign."

    This latest poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

  • State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend)  Thursday, citing Hovde's business expertise and "understanding of the moral decline" in the United States. Grothman also lauded Hovde's knowledge of the United States' monetary system.

  • Thompson picked up the endorsement of former state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), who was ousted in the June recall election.

    "Thompson is the best-prepared and positioned candidate to defeat liberal congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and provide the U.S. Senate with the needed majority to put our country back on track," Wanggaard said. "In addition, Tommy was a partner to the Senate Republicans who were facing unwarranted recalls."
James R Hoffa August 10, 2012 at 08:57 PM
@mau - None of the GOP candidates are perfect, but they're all very solid in their own respective ways, otherwise it wouldn't be a tight four way race like it is going into the primary. The reason Hoffa backs Hovde is because he's the only one who hasn't worn the pants of a politician yet, thus Hoffa gives him the benefit of starting over fresh when he puts on those pants. If he actually does what says he'll do, he'll make a great senator - I don't think that anyone concerned with this primary is debating that point. The other candidates all have political records that can be analyzed. There's no excuses for their indiscretions - they should have known better. It's harder when you have to pick the poison that you prefer, isn't it? Tommy, Neumann, and Fitz have all done questionable things while representing the people that seem to contradict their purported platforms/positions. The most important thing to remember is ABB in November!
Bren August 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM
(Puts head in hands)
James R Hoffa August 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM
You're voting for Baldwin! BTW - If Romney comes out of left field and selects Huntsman as his running mate, would that change your mind about voting for Obama?
Dirk Gutzmiller August 11, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I am voting for Hovde. He is the candidate most susceptible to losing to Baldwin. A study in contradictions, on the make, bearer of strange fruit. What did he really do, and why was he based in DC. A Wall Streeter AND Washington insider.
Dirk Gutzmiller August 11, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Hoffa - Here you go again with the bizarro stuff. Did I miss an inside joke? An all-Mormon ticket of Romney/Huntsman would not play in Peoria, or anywhere else except SLC. Not being prejudiced, just being a political junkie.


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