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Friday, June 03, 2011

 9:17 PM 

Kind says Dems won't be sleeping on Election Day

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind urged convention-goers to support Dems running in recall elections this summer, saying the passion displayed at the Capitol over the last few months needs to be turned into electoral victories.

Kind pointed to a recent recording of GOP Sen. Dan Kapanke saying he hopes Dems are asleep on Election Day.

“That’s Dan Kapanke’s vision of democracy. A bottle of sleeping pills,” Kind quipped while holding up a prescription bottle.

Kind said the people of Wisconsin do not sleep when workers’ rights and voters’ rights are under attack.

“We will not sleep, and we will not sleep on Election Day,” Kind said.

Kind said that despite massive spending by the GOP, he won re-election.

“Even though they gave their best effort, they couldn’t take me out,” Kind said

Kind said his victory showed what a strong organization and the right message can do.

“We can make them spend it all and still beat them going away,” Kind said.

Kind, who's considered a possible candidate for U.S. Senate next year or for guv, spent a good portion of his speech railing against Walker and Ryan.

He said Walker led a “cold, calculated attack” against worker rights.

“We cannot tolerate it,” Kind said. “We must draw the line.”

He said public employees, teachers, emergency responders, health care workers, and municipal workers are not the problem.

“The problem we have right now is with the leadership,” Kind said.

We should be thinking them for their service rather than demonizing

Kind criticized Ryan’s budget plan, saying it will end Medicare, reduce Medicaid, and cut 200,000 people off the Pell Grant program for college student. He said the GOP has been doing this “while worshiping at the idol of tax breaks for the most wealthy, the most powerful.”

Before going after the “weakest and most vulnerable,” Kind said those at the top should be asked to give more.

“That’s the truth of the matter,” Kind said, “but they don’t like to hear it.”

-- By David Wise

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