Three Republican Governor Candidates Take Stage In Gubernatorial Debate

Marquette University in Milwaukee was the meeting grounds for three Republican candidates for Governor Sunday, July 24, 2022.

Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, businessman Tim Michels and State Rep. Timothy Ramthun all had a common theme to talk about, and that was to make major changes for Wisconsin from where current Governor Tony Evers has the state now.

Kleefisch said reducing state income tax and enforcing the state’s ban on abortions were priorities for her and said her experience in Madison sets her apart from her opponents.

Michels continues to stress his background running Michels Corp. and also running the state like a successful business is why he should be the Republican nominee.

He said he’d review every state agency to make them more efficient, and also continued to favor and protect the second amendment. “We didn’t have this problem, school shootings, mass shootings, 40-plus years ago. Guns haven’t changed. Society has changed, and red flag laws are not the answer,” said Michels.

Ramthun talked of decertifying the 2020 election and also called for removing the levy on state property taxes.

“It’s time for our state and for our nation to think out of the box and do things of, by and for the people,” he said. “One of the things we need to do is take the burden of taxation off the people’s backs.”

Recent polls show Michels and Kleefish in a tight race with about 30% of Republican voters undecided at this point.

The primary is Aug. 9.