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Saturday, June 09, 2012

 10:14 AM 

Kohl says he's not going anywhere




U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl addressed the state Dem convention for the final time as the state's senior senator this morning, telling delegates he's not going anywhere -- particularly this fall.

"Over this past year, each and every day has been like a convention," Kohl said of both rounds of recall elections.

"This is not the time to think about elections past," the Milwaukee Dem added. "This is about the future. Wisconsin is a crucial state in the next election in November."

Kohl said the party would be bolstered in the fall by the top of the ticket in the state, including the Obama Campaign and presumptive Senate nominee Tammy Baldwin -- "someone we can all easily believe in."

Kohl also said the state must continue to turn out the best educated and most prepared workers, saying that economic growth comes from investment in the people of the state.

"We cannot and will not balance our budget on the backs of hard working middle class families," Kohl said.

Kohl, who has served in the Senate since 1988, said serving the state in Washington has been "the greatest honor and the responsibility of my lifetime, and I have loved every minute of it."

"Together, we have made a difference for the state that we all love," Kohl said.

Kohl received a lengthy standing ovation from delegates, who chanted "thank you" as he left the stage.

-- By Andy Szal

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