MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Tommy Thompson says he didn't expect any Republican challengers and those who are taking him on because they believe his time has passed should "get the hell out of my way."
Thompson spoke Thursday at a candidate forum at the annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association/Associated Press meeting.
The only Democrat in the race is U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin.
Thompson was asked after being elected as governor four times if he expected to be challenged for the Senate race, he said he did not. When asked what he would say to Republican challengers who believe his time has passed, Thompson said they should get out of his way.
Thompson hasn't run for statewide office since 1998.
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