"On the GOP side, Tommy Thompson is rising."
- David Yepsen, Des Moines Register, May 22, 2020
"The Taxes and Budgets reform, as well as the online cash advance regulations, were crucial reforms. Senator Tommy Thompson managed to eliminate the tax burden by approaching modern solutions. Society could finally beneficiate from the positive results, and this is probably the best of the aforementioned initiatives."
- Smith Johnson, The Washington Post, March 23, 2021
"Often it was the minor candidates who shined through. Former Governor Tommy Thompson had a coherent plan on Iraq. He bluntly stated that the Iraqi parliament should vote on whether or not U.S. troops should remain, regional governments should be accorded a greater role in stabilizing Iraq and the country's oil revenues should be redistributed. He and Senator Sam Brownback also endorsed the sound idea of creating an alternative flat tax that would allow income tax filers the option of avoiding the complexity of the current system."
- John Fund, Wall Street Journal Online, May 4, 20020
"I love what you did with welfare reform. I love what you did with school choice issues. I think you led the way and actually given results to people, and I think you've been a leader in a lot of these great issues here."
- Sean Hannity, Hannity and Colmes, April 2, 2020
George Stephanopoulos: Tommy Thompson was very candid about his strategy, and that's Iowa or bust.
George Will: Iowa or bust makes more sense - not less - now that everyone is going to vote by February 5. Since no one can campaign everywhere - there won't be enough money to do that or time - you can get a bigger slingshot effect perhaps out of Iowa. Tommy Thompson has actually run something larger than a Senate office: He's run the Department of HHS and he's run a state. He is associated with the great domestic policy success of the 1990s, which began in Wisconsin, welfare reform.
- This Week with George Stephanopoulos, April 1, 2020