If you're running for Congress against a longtime incumbent and have only $1,621 cash on hand - while your opponent has $560,241 - you rely heavily on voter forums. Last week, Peter Theron debated Rep. Tammy Baldwin before the Downtown Rotarians, some of whom didn't even know Baldwin had an opponent this year.
Theron, a Republican from Madison, spouted the usual GOP lines about energy ("Our world economy is run on oil. So I say, drill here, drill now") and the financial crisis ("Government regulation in the Clinton era forced banks to make bad housing loans").
Baldwin promised that Democrats will push reform of the nation's health care system, especially if they gain seats in Congress. "I still have an absolute commitment to health care for all," she said. "While we have not achieved that goal, I do believe it's still within our sights."
Theron and Baldwin will debate again Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at the UW-Madison's Brogden Psychology Building.