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Saturday, June 12, 2010

 12:20 PM 

Lt. guv. candidates make their cases

Lt. guv candidates have made their pitches, stressing what they can do to help win the governor's race and to improve the state.

Sen. Spencer Coggs called for an expanded role for lieutenant governor, saying it should be a liason between the administration and the Legislature.

He said he would be a strong partner for Barrett and help him win votes.

He pointed to his more than 20 years of legislative experience and his work to create business incubators that he said have led to thousands of jobs.

Nelson said he is giving up seat in the Assembly to run because “it is essential we elect Tom Barrett governor.”

Nelson said the governor's race would be won by only a few points

“I believe it is going to be one of those campaigns where the running mate can make that difference between winning and losing,” Nelson said.

He pointed to his own victory against a Republican incumbent in 2004.

“We are going into a tough election year,” Nelson said. “This ticket needs experience in defeating Republicans in their own backyard.”

Henry Sanders's presentation featured a campaign-style introductory video that discussed his commitment to public service before he came on stage.

He said he would use the lt guv's office to helo create jobs, increase broadband access, and attract and retain the “next generation” of workers and work to ensure full equality and equal marriage rights for all.

Sanders to a swipe at the notion that Barrett's ticket needs geographical balance and pointed to his travel around the state to promote the Dem ticket.

“I'm not running to be Tom Barrett's geographical running mate,” Sanders said. “I'm running to be his lieutenant.”

James Schneider said that as lt. guv he would work to implement Barrett's policies.

He stressed his background in economic development and past leadership role with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association.

He said that as lt. guv. he would asked to be appointed to a leadership role in the Department of Commerce and would commit to remain there for four years and work on creating jobs.

Coggs speech: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/100612Coggs.mp3
Nelson speech: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/100612Nelson.mp3
Sanders speech: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/100612Sanders.mp3
Schneider speech: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/100612Schneider.mp3


-- By David Wise

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