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Plenty of candidates talk about famous politicians on the campaign trail. But Nazi leader Adolf Hitler is not usually one of them.

Now Dane Deutsch, a Republican running against Sen. Robert Jauch, D-Poplar, in Wisconsin's 25th Senate District, is taking heat from Democrats for calling Hitler a strong leader on his Twitter account.

"Hitler and Lincoln were both strong leaders," Deutsch wrote on his campaign Twitter account in March. "Lincoln's character made him the greater leader whose legacy and leadership still lives on!"

He said Tuesday that his comments about Hitler were taken out of context. Deutsch, who teaches life skills as the owner of a company called the Leadership Management Development Center, said he often speaks about topics like teamwork, communication, relationship building and leadership.

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"Since I speak on leadership and character all the time, I have said it many times during training to point out that just because someone is a leader, even a strong leader, does not mean they are of good character," Deutsch said.

Shortly before mentioning Hitler, Deutsch had been tweeting about the importance of character. And he wrote, "Great leaders command respect, they do not demand respect!"

The State Senate Democratic Committee had issued a statement Monday afternoon criticizing Deutsch's Hitler comments.

Carrie Lynch, a spokeswoman for the SSDC said, "Most people think a lot more than character separate President Lincoln and Hitler."

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