Updated: Fact checking Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir, the U.S. Senate candidates
Updated Sept. 14, 2018
The two major-party nominees for the U.S. Senate have been chosen — Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin, who is seeking a second term, will face Republican Leah Vukmir on Nov. 6, 2018.
Here we’re gathering all of the relevant fact checks from the Senate campaign. Check back frequently for updates.
In each category, we’re listing the most recent checks first for each candidate.
Please tell us if you come across something we should check: PolitiFact@journalsentinel.com.
TAMMY BALDWIN Incumbent from Madison
Statements made by Baldwin
Health care: Says Leah Vukmir was "just about the only legislator who stood with the insurance companies" and "voted against oral chemotherapy." Mostly True.
Nominees: On considering U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Half Flip.
Trump: "President Trump continues to disrespect patriotic transgender Americans who want to serve their country." Mostly True.
Trump: Says the Trump administration "has banned the CDC even using the word ‘transgender.’" False.
Immigration: What Baldwin said in a CNN interview about immigration that Nicholson keeps criticizing. In Context article.
Immigration: Says Donald Trump's executive order "doesn't address the over 2,000 children who are already separated from their parents, and it doesn't change the fact that we would be jailing children with their families." Mostly True.
Cheese: Says that "when federal bureaucrats wanted to prohibit the use of wooden cheese boards, which help make tens of millions of pounds of cheese a year" she "stepped in, helped eliminate the regulations." Mostly True.
Guns: Says 97 percent of gun owners support universal background checks. Mostly True.
Guns: The Las Vegas shooting was the "273rd mass shooting" in the United States so far in 2017. Half True.
Trump: Says Donald Trump "wants to kick thousands of kids off of BadgerCare." Half True.
Statements by others on Baldwin
Iran: Kevin Nicholson says the Iran deal "handed billions of dollars of cash on cargo planes, sent it to a state sponsor of terror, and Tammy Baldwin was one of the first U.S. senators to get on board and support that." Mostly False.
Peace: Kevin Nicholson: "Tammy Baldwin cosponsored legislation that wanted to establish the Department of Peace and Nonviolence." Mostly True.
Taxes: Freedom Partners: "Tammy Baldwin voted for $5 trillion in higher taxes." Half True.
Tomah VA: Americas PAC says Tammy Baldwin was told by a whistleblower about "overmedicated veterans," she made "deadly mistakes" and "three veterans died" at the Tomah VA hospital. False.
Defense funding: Restoration PAC says Tammy Baldwin "supported legislation allowing citizens to withhold funding for our troops." Mostly False.
Sex education: Restore American Freedom and Liberty says Tammy Baldwin "wants to require children starting at age 5 to learn about gay sex!" False.
LEAH VUKMIR State senator from Brookfield
Statements by Vukmir:
Capitol protests: Says "I have been through the gauntlet, when we had riots in that Capitol." Pants on Fire.
Donor: On conservative mega-donor Richard Uihlein. Full Flop.
Trump: "I have always been there with" Donald Trump. False.
Immigration: Says Mark Pocan’s proposal to eliminate the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would "eliminate border enforcement." Pants on Fire.
Immigration: On separating families at the border. Half Flip.
Crime: In 2016, there were 5,570 people in Wisconsin "who committed crimes on probation and they were not revoked." Half True.
Attacks by Vukmir on Baldwin
Crime: Says Tammy Baldwin's record includes "opposing harsher punishments for criminals who commit violent crimes near schools." Half True.
Patriotism: Says Tammy Baldwin "opposed displaying the flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or singing the National Anthem in our classrooms." Mostly False.
Terrorism: Says Tammy Baldwin is "more worried about the mastermind of 9/11" than supporting CIA director nominee Gina Haspel. Pants on Fire.
‘Buy America’: Says Sen. Tammy Baldwin "claims to support a 'Buy America' philosophy, but her actions speak louder than her empty words." False.
Attacks by others on Vukmir
Open records: Club for Growth says Leah Vukmir "claimed the open records law didn't apply to her, got sued, lost and cost taxpayers $15,000 in legal fees." True.
'Leniency': Claim by Club for Growth says Leah Vukmir "wrote a letter seeking leniency for a fellow state legislator convicted of sexual assault." Mostly True.