A couple of familiar Wisconsin faces greeted Tommy Thompson this morning at his first stop of the day at Café Dodici in the town of Washington.
The first was Wisconsin State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, who was in town visiting family and walked over to the event to introduce Tommy to the crowd of about 35.
The second was Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Chuck Quirmbach, whom Thompson pointed out to the crowd while playfully noting "he's not always been too nice to me."
Thompson, decked out in grey pants, a blue shirt and a yellow tie, had his picture taken with each of the attendees, which were printed out and given to the people by the end of his roughly 25-minute campaign pitch.
Thompson gave a sometimes animated, sometimes personal address, sharing his plans on Iraq, energy independence, health care, medical diplomacy, immigration and abortion.
He used part of his speech to dismiss his second-tier status, noting that people though he couldn't win when he first was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly and then as governor.
He said he did both by getting out and meeting people, like he is doing in Iowa.
He argued that while the media is telling Americans who to vote for, it is actually Iowa that America has historically listened to.
Listen to his address: http://blogs.wispolitics.com/tommy/audio/070728TommyWashingtonCounty.mp3
-- By David Wise