“As was first revealed in the Huffington Post and then in the middle of the debate, in spite of Tommy's bluster and tough talk on Iran, he actually had significant investments in companies that did business with Iran. Not only did these companies do business with Iran but at least one of them specifically worked with Iran in the mining of uranium.”
----excerpt from Oct. 19 Eye on Wisconsin’s op-ed Tommy Bombs Debate & His Own Strategy
The October 18 Huffington Post report Tommy Thompson Says Crack Down on Iran, Owns Stock in Iran Uranium Mining Partner disclosed:
“Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Tommy Thompson said Thursday that the United States should consider cracking down on Russia and China for backing Iran's nuclear efforts, but Thompson also has significant investments in companies that do business with Iran -- including one that is a partner in mining uranium.
Thompson made the statement in a meeting with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as he accused his opponent, Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, of being too soft on Iran.
"If Iran gets a nuclear bomb, it's only a matter of time that we're going to have a world war or a war that's going to be caused by a crazy person known as [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad," Thompson said. "He has already indicated the Holocaust didn't happen. He also indicated that he probably would close down the Strait of Hormuz. If you close down the Strait of Hormuz, you absolutely completely wreak havoc with the world's economy."
The paper also said Thompson believes the United States must consider cutting off trade with Russia, China and other countries that still do business with Iran.
That position could be considered ironic, given Thompson's stake in firms that do business with Iran, as well as China and Russia.
According to Thompson's personal financial disclosure, he owns up $50,000 worth of stock in such firms.”
Click on this link to that Huffington Post report.
When the Iran investments issue came up during the debate last night with Tammy Baldwin, did Thompson take personal responsibility for his own personal investments?
Nope. Thompson blamed his stockbroker.
Thompson’s admission that he’d just sold his investments in Iran the day of the debate is also rather amusing.