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Friday, June 08, 2012

 8:53 PM 

Baldwin pledges to fight for a fair economy

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin vowed to fight for a fair economy as a U.S. senator, charging that each of her potential GOP opponents "refuses to do what's right for Wisconsin."

"Our fight for Wisconsin's middle class isn't a political fight," the Madison Dem told delegates. "It isn't a partisan fight. It is a moral fight."

She charged that corporate special interests have too much power in Washington, and that former Gov. Tommy Thompson would fight for "D.C. insiders and lobbyists" while Speaker Jeff Fitgzerald and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann would back additional tax cuts instead of bolstering the nation's manufacturing.

"And is there any doubt who the hedge fund manager will be fighting for?" Baldwin asked, getting a dig in against Eric Hovde.

She added that all four of her potential Senate rivals supported the House GOP budget authored by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville, criticizing that proposal's initiatives for Social Security and Medicare.

"These aren't programs, these are promises, and these are promises we will not let you break," Baldwin said.

She added that regardless of this week's election results, the party's struggles don't compare to Wisconsinites who continue to weather the tough economy.

"Wisconsinites everywhere want a senator who's going to fight or them -- not for Wall Street or the big banks, not for big oil companies, not for the Tea Party," Baldwin said.

Listen to the speech.

-- By Andy Szal

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