MADISON, Wis. — The blaze of the dumpster fire primary is expected to get a boost this Sunday night during the primetime GOP gubernatorial debate. Rebecca Kleefish and Tim Michels have been vying for the crown of the most radical candidate in order to pander to the ultra-MAGA right. Here is a round up of their extreme positions and comments:


  • Rebecca Kleefisch: Wants to see a total ban on abortion in Wisconsin that goes beyond the 1849 legislation, and once agreed that rape victims should “turn lemons to lemonade” by carrying a pregnancy resulting from their assault.

  • Tim Michels: Michels said the 1849 ban on abortion that doesn’t include exceptions for rape or incest is “an exact mirror” of his position and previously said it was “not unreasonable” for the government to force rape victims to give birth.

Gun Safety:

LGBTQ+ Rights:

  • Rebecca Kleefisch: Will no longer fly the Pride Flag above the Capitol if she becomes governor and in the past has said that same-sex marriage is a slippery slope that could lead to people “marry[ing] dogs.”

  • Tim Michels: Opposes marriage equality, still says marriage is only “between a man and woman,” and in the past has said that he doesn’t believe that LGTBQ+ people should “bring it out of [the] house.” Michels also supported an amendment to US constitution banning gay marriage.


“No matter who comes out a ‘winner’ in Sunday’s debate, it will be clear that both Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Michels are too radical for Wisconsin and out of step with the concerns of Wisconsinites,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Hannah Menchhoff. “While Republicans continue to divide their party and our state, Governor Evers is focused on bringing people together and solving the problems that matter most to Wisconsinites.”

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