Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Are Radical and Wrong For Wisconsin

Aug 08, 2022

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Are Radical and Wrong For Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – Whoever wins tomorrow’s GOP primary for governor won’t be able to hide from the radical and dangerous positions they’ve taken to win their divisive primary.  Wisconsinites know Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Michels are both too radical and wrong for Wisconsin.

Watch some of the most radical comments that Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Michels have made:


  • Tim Michels wants to criminalize abortion even in cases of rape or incest: Michels said the 1849 ban on abortion that doesn’t include exceptions for rape or incest is “an exact mirror” of his position. He has said it was “not unreasonable” for the government to force rape victims to give birth.
  • Rebecca Kleefisch wants to see a ban on abortion without exceptions for rape or incest with her spokesperson confirming that she opposes abortions “under any circumstances.”

Same-sex marriage:

  • Tim Michels doesn’t think gay people should be out in public. He said he does not think that gay relationships should be brought “out of your house” [45:05] and has supported a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. He recently confirmed that he still believes marriage should be only between a man and woman.
  • In the past, Rebecca Kleefisch has said that same-sex marriage is a slippery slope that could lead to people “marry[ing] dogs.

Education and Local Politics:

2020 Election:

  • Tim Michels said “everything will be on the table” when it comes to decertifying the 2020 election, despite the fact that decertifying the election is illegal.
  • Rebecca Kleefisch said Joe Biden didn’t win Wisconsin “fairly” [00:14:08] and often calls the 2020 election in Wisconsin “rigged.”

“Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Michels are both wrong for Wisconsin,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Hannah Menchhoff. “Their extreme politics will only hold Wisconsin back. In November, Wisconsinites have a clear choice between re-electing Governor Evers, who will always do the right thing for our state, and a divisive Republican who will tear communities apart and roll back our progress.”