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Friday, June 03, 2011

 8:51 PM 

Baldwin decries GOP assault on constitution, middle class

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin told the crowd one of her friends asked her during the Capitol protests whether the thousands who turned out were making a difference.

“Yes, you’re damn right we’re making a difference,” said Baldwin, D-Madison.

Baldwin, who’s considering a run for U.S. Senate next year, focused much of her speech on economic issues, taking Republicans to task for their policies that she said benefit the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

She also took time to honor retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, who she may seek to replace, and former Sen. Russ Feingold, who’s also weighing a bid next year.

Knocking Republicans for the voter ID bill they approved this year that will be in place for the 2012 elections, Baldwin encouraged delegates to get their friends registered now, get their supporters out to vote and make sure when it’s all said and done “we need to make sure all of them are counted fairly,” a dig at the Supreme Court returns from Waukesha County.

Baldwin said Wisconsin has proven that it knows how to “shatter stereotypes and break glass ceilings and prove the pundits wrong,” prompting some of her supporters in red T-shirts carrying “Tammy Baldwin 2012” signs to begin chanting “Run Tammy, run, run, run, run.”

Baldwin warned that Republicans were honing a battle plan that they’ve used for years -- to divide and conquer. She said that means pitting public and private sector union employees against each other, to paint teachers as “money grubbers,” to make seniors out to be freeloaders, family farmers as irrelevant and women as property.

“Their agenda is an assault on all of our rights under the Constitution,” Baldwin said.

She added she was said that Dems didn’t take it to heart that elections have consequences and do all they possibly could to get our people to the polls, saying if they had, it could have prevented the Republicans’ “assault on our democracy.”

“Republicans keep saying we’re broke so let’s cut billions in vital services to people, but not a penny to the Pentagon,” she said.

Listen to the speech.

-- By JR Ross


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