As Bills helps Walker in Wisconsin, Klobuchar courts female voters

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The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Minnesota Kurt Bills spent some time today campaigning in Wisconsin.. Bills was in Hudson making get out the vote calls for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Bills said he’s from Wisconsin and believes Walker’s efforts to change government are important.

But Bills sent a mixed message by saying he supports both collective bargaining rights and Walker’s efforts to roll back union protections for public employees in state and local governments.

“Can you collectively bargain? Yes, you absolutely can,” Bills said. “But I think people have to be very careful especially with the public union side that sometimes you can drive costs up too much and at that point, these districts are going to get into rough shape.”

When pressed for a clarification, Bills said he would need to study up on the changes made under Walker. Wisconsin residents choose tomorrow between Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election.

Bills also said his fundraising is going very well suggesting the campaign has raised more than $100,000 since he entered the race.

He also repeated his criticism that Klobuchar and Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget resolution in three years.

Klobuchar spent Monday morning speaking to Women Winning, a group that supports legal abortion. Klobuchar said the group’s support will be critical to help Democrats win in November.

She encouraged the group of 1,200 people in attendance to work harder to elect female candidates.

“We have been through tough times in this country but we are going to make it and we will win but to do it, we need to deploy a secret weapon,” Klobuchar said. “We need women to win.” (Full speech here: )

Klobuchar declined to answer questions after her speech because she said she was late for her flight to Washington D.C.

  • Drew

    It’s nice of her to come back every now and then: she’s in DC enough….

  • Chris

    If she was missing a bunch of votes because she was in Minnesota all the time, you’d be complaining about that.

  • Donna

    Isn’t it great when a sitting MN House member still on the payroll of the state can shill for another states gov. on the taxpayer dime and call himself an anti-gommit man?

  • Bob

    If Bills makes a decent (and relatively gaffe-free) showing against Klobuchar in November he’ll be in a good position to take on Franken in 2014.