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Leinenkugel rips Feingold during campaign appearance

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Having made his entry into the race for U.S. Senate official earlier this week, Republican Dick Leinenkugel took his formal announcement tour on the road, including to his home town of Chippewa Falls.

Leinenkugel, who now lives in Waukesha County, held a press conference at Loopy’s on Business 29 west of Chippewa Falls Wednesday afternoon. He repeated the announcement of his candidacy and attacked Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold in question-and-answer remarks.

Leinenkugel said a top priority would be repeal of Obama’s health care reform package and replacing it.

He said he really started  to think about running for Senate during the health care debate.

“Health care wasn’t much of a debate. It was back room deals made by Senators,” he said.

Leinenkugel faulted Feingold for supporting that, opposing the Patriot Act, and not doing anything for Wisconsin in his 18 years in the Senate.

“I’m not going to sit on the sidelines and watch Russ Feingold get another six years,” he said.

Leinenkugel presented himself as a conservative Reagan Republican, who wants to be the 10th Senator that Republicans need to take control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats.

“We need to put the nation back on the right path, and that right path is conservatism,” he said.

Later, Loopy’s hosted a local fundraiser for Leinenkugel.

Other Republicans running for the senate seat are Terrence Wall and Dave Westlake.

Coming Sunday: Dick Leinenkugel recalls his formative years in Chippewa Falls.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Sen. Feingold presented himself as a conservative Reagan Republican. The story should have said candidate Richard Leinenkugel presented himself as a conservative Reagan Republican.

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