Less than a week before the Nov. 6 general election, U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir continued her Wisconsin Way Tour with a quick campaign rally on Wednesday at TG3 Electronics, 4615 70th Ave.

Vukmir, a member of the Wisconsin Senate and registered nurse, was joined by state congressional candidate Bryan Steil, Sen. Van Wanggaard, State Rep. Samantha Kerkman and other local Republican leaders.

Guests toured the local manufacturing company before candidates sought final support heading into next week’s election.

Vukmir, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., contrasts her opponent on several key issues, including health care, immigration and tax reform.

As a longtime third-shift registered nurse, Vukmir has first-hand experience of our nation’s health care system and the many challenges involved in offering affordable, quality care to all.

“I’ve worked in hospitals, critical care, clinics … I’ve been a patient,” said Vukmir, who describes herself as a middle-class mother with a cause. “To think someone like Sen. Baldwin, who’s worked only in the halls of government, to come up with a master plan for how to take care of all people is ridiculous. It’s a plan that’s failed everywhere and she’s taking it one step further.”

Vukmir said she supports healthcare coverage options for people with pre-existing conditions despite the many attack advertisements suggesting otherwise.

“the big lie of this campaign and it’s one that’s being used against Republicans all over the country,” Vukmir said. “We stand with protecting people with pre-existing conditions. I’m a nurse. We all have family members with pre-existing conditions. Why in the world would I want you to go without coverage for pre-existing conditions? If Obamacare went away today, you’d still have coverage with pre-existing conditions.”

The daughter of Greek immigrants and a lifelong Wisconsin resident, Vukmir doesn’t support open borders, sanctuary cities or abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Watching my aunts and uncles come to this country, they went through a legal process to become legal citizens,” Vukmir said. “I truly believe you need to go through that process to enjoy the privileges and take the responsibilities that go along with it.”

Steil: Continue to press

Steil, a longtime supporter of House Speaker Paul Ryan, is seeking to replace Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. He is up against Democratic candidate Randy Bryce and independent Ken Yorgan.

“We have momentum on our side, but we’re not taking our foot off the gas pedal,” Steil said. “We’re getting out and talking to everybody we can about the issues and making sure folks get out and vote on Nov. 6.”

Steil has worked in the private manufacturing sector for the past 10 years. He hopes to take his same hands-on approach to Washington and continue building our nation’s economic growth.

“When you ask businesses why they’re expanding in southeast Wisconsin, they’re doing this because of the policies in place that encourage them to invest,” Steil said. “We’re seeing employment rates down and competition for the best and brightest employees. When we see that, we start to see wages increase. Ultimately, that’s what we’re fighting for.”

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