Ex-Wis. Gov. Thompson launches GOP bid for Senate

By the Associated Press | December 1, 2011 | 3:16 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's former governor and U.S. Cabinet secretary Tommy Thompson plans a rally to formerly launch his U.S. Senate bid, 13 years after the last time he appeared on a ballot.

He has already been fending off attacks from both Democrats and more conservative Republicans over his position on President Barack Obama's health care reforms. Thompson spoke in support of reforms when the bill was working its way through Congress but now favors repeal.

Some GOP conservatives also say his record as governor and as President George W. Bush's first health and human services secretary was too moderate and not in line with the current Republican Party.

Two other Republicans are also seeking the nomination: state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.