It was the second and final debate before you head to the polls on Tuesday. Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann and Tommy Thompson squared off Friday night hoping to make their mark on what is a very close race.
Not suprisingly, the focus of the evening's debate was on jobs, taxes and government regulation.
While each candidate agreed that it is possible to balance the budget without raising taxes and limit government involvement in the private sector, they debated about why they were the best choice.
Fitzgerald highlighted his role in eliminating the State defecit saying, "Everybody told me, Mr. Speaker you're never going to solve this in one session. We not only took that $3.6 billion defecit and cut spending, but we turned it into a $150 million surplus for the State and did it without raising taxes."
Neumann emphasized how his time in Congress has prepared him for this role saying, "When I was in Congress for four years, we put together plans at that point to balance the federal budget and i've done it again. We took six months to lay out a plan, specifically to lay out how we would get to a balanced budget in a five year period by cutting $1.4 trillion in spending and repealing Obamacare."
Hovde pointed to the role of the private sector in balancing the budget stating, "I don't believe in government picking winners and loosers through our tax code, through regulations, through specialized ear marks, any of that. It's private sector decisions that will make far better informed decisions."
And for his part, Thompson reflected on his experience as Wisconsin's Governor saying, "I'm the one that can get elected in November and then you can start on developing programs. I've done this. I was Governor of Wisconsin when the state of Wisconsin was going through a terrible problem just like the federal government."
All four candidates also seemed to agree on getting rid of Obamacare, including the provision that would allow kids to stay on their parent's health insurance until they are 26 years old.
The winner of Tuesday's primary will go on to face Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the November 6th general election.
Democratic Senator Herb Kohl is not seeking re-election.