GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Statewide primary elections are less than three months away, on August 14. The race for U.S Senate will be one of the most watched in the country. Two of those candidates made stops in Northeast Wisconsin Tuesday.
Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is seeking re-election. She was in the Fox Valley for a roundtable discussing the issue of opioid abuse in Wisconsin.
Republican State Senator Leah Vukmir made a couple campaign stops. She has the Republican Party’s endorsement against Kevin Nicholson, a businessman and U.S Marine veteran, in the August primary.
Baldwin has held a number of roundtable discussions on the opioid crisis. Vukmir said the events are a campaign move.
“The fact that she ignored a report that told her that a doctor was overprescribing opioids, a veteran died, many others got addicted, now she's running around the state trying to embrace this issue and show that she's concerned. I’m sorry, but that does not sit well with me,” said Vukmir.
Baldwin responded by saying the problem with opioids in our state is beyond political.
“The opioid epidemic and the over-prescribing is an all-hands on deck issue that does not deserve any type of partisan taint or twist to it,” said Baldwin.
As a Democrat, Baldwin said she's worked with many Republicans to come up with a solution to the opioid crisis and other issues and hopes to carry that on if she is re-elected.
Vukmir also brought up the topic of immigration. She said she comes from a family of immigrants but the laws are meant to be followed.
"I stand with president Donald Trump when he calls for securing our borders. I think it is imperative, not only from the perspective of illegal immigrants coming in, but there's drug trafficking, human trafficking, for public health reasons,” said Vukmir.
At Tuesday’s event, Baldwin only addressed the opioid epidemic. However, within the last week, Baldwin has been on Twitter posting support of DACA, the American immigration policy that allows children brought to the U.S illegally to receive deferments to stay in the country.