MADISON, Wis. (WHBL) - U-W Madison Police estimated that 30-thousand people showed up for President Obama’s campaign rally Thursday afternoon on the long hillside in front of Bascom Hall. The crowd survived gusty winds and intermittent rain, as the Democratic president reiterated his campaign pledges of seeking more money for education, supporting the economy, and helping Wisconsin’s core industries grow. Obama told the U-W students and supporters quote, “Education is the only reason I’m standing on this stage … That’s why over the last four years, we’ve helped millions of students.” Obama also repeated his pledge to stop giving tax breaks to companies that send jobs overseas – something Republican Mitt Romney questioned in their debate last night. Romney said he’s never heard of such a tax break. Obama said he was confident he would be re-elected in 33 days. And when the crowd booed Romney, the president told them to stop booing and get-out-and-vote. Democratic U-S Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin introduced the president. She took her own digs at Romney, claiming that he wouldn’t say quote, “what rules he would put in place to protect consumers after he appeals Wall Street reform.” Baldwin hopes to replace long-time Senate Democrat Herb Kohl, who’s retiring after 24 years in office. Kohl said Wisconsinites gave him a “high honor” by sending him to Washington. Now, he said it was time to make sure Baldwin replaces him.
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