MADISON, Wis. - The Republican candidates running for United States Senate appeared at a forum in Madison Monday, just about a week before they are set to face off in the primary election.
Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson were asked what they will do to ensure Wisconsin companies can sell products overseas in light of President Donald Trump's administration's increase in overseas tariffs. Both candidates took the opportunity to praise the president.
"So the goal must be -- and I believe thoroughly the president's goal is -- a world without tariffs," said Nicholson to a room filled with members of the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.
Nicholson is a combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a businessman from Delafield. Vukmir is a nurse and state senator from Brookfield.
"I will have to listen to the farmers and all the different industries on how it impacts our state, but right now, most of the people that I'm talking to are willing to give this president some time to negotiate fairer deals," Vukmir said to the WMC members at the Monona Terrace.
Vukmir and Nicholson will face off in the primary election on Aug. 14. The winner of the primary will go head to head with Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Both candidates said one of their main priorities is to crack down on illegal immigration in the U.S. They said they support Trump's proposed construction of a wall on the southern border.
"Until we have a commitment that we are going to secure that border, I think it's irresponsible to talk about how we change all the other aspects," Vukmir said.
"We need a wall or an obstacle or whatever you want to call it in order to have a permanent fix to illegal immigration on the southern border," Nicholson said.
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