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Iconic Wisconsin leaders talk politics in Marathon Co.

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) -

Former Governor Tommy Thompson and former UW-Madison Chancellor Donna Shalala were at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rib Mountain Wednesday evening.

They were there as part of the 10th anniversary celebration for the Wisconsin Institute of Public Policy and Service (WIPPS). The two discussed politics in front of dozens of people, including the recent election in Wisconsin.

"I think it's indicative of what's taken place across the country, that there's a democratic wave," said Thompson. "The democrats are much more energized, much more organized and being a republican I'm somewhat concerned and very worried about it."

Shalala echoed similar thoughts on a blue wave in Wisconsin.

"There is a blue wave happening, but in politics things turn on a dime, if democrats want to be successful they're going to have to work very hard wherever they are," said Shalala.

Both said that Wednesday night was a good opportunity to have a civil conversation about politics, although the two fell on opposite sides of the political spectrum.

"I sincerely believe that's what we've got to get back to," said Thompson.

Shalala and Thompson said they spoke at the event because they believe in what WIPPS stands for.

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