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Thursday, September 06, 2012

 6:04 PM 

Baldwin says Ryan, Walker, Thompson don't represent the Wisconsin she knows

U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin told the Democratic National Convention that Paul Ryan, Scott Walker and Tommy Thompson do not speak for the Wisconsin she knows and loves.

"And come November, the Wisconsin I know – the America I love – can keep us moving forward, forward with a strong middle class, forward on a path toward prosperity, forward with President Obama," Baldwin told the crowd.

Baldwin, D-Madison, knocked Ryan as the person who wants to "end Medicare as we know it" and Walker as the one who took away basic rights from teachers, nurses and public employees, drawing boos from the crowd.

She then turned her sights on Thompson, saying her U.S. Senate opponent "went to Washington, cashed in on his special interest connections and never really came back."

"Well, I'm here to tell you that they don't speak for all of Wisconsin," she said.

Baldwin touted her introduction of the so-called Buffett Rule, saying it fits with Wisconsin values of ensuring millionaires and billionaires don't pay a lower tax rate than the middle class.

She touted her opposition, along with former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, to the repeal of banking regulations more than a decade ago that she said led to risky schemes that brought the economy to its knees, and she said she's standing up to "China's cheating" while betting on Wisconsin workers.

"The Wisconsin I know knows an economy built to last says 'Made in America' on the label," she said.

In each case, she said President Obama is standing with her to fight for the middle class while she charged Mitt Romney with positioned himself with the wealthy.

"We believe that if we're going to prosper, everyone has to have a fair shot and everyone has to do their fair share," Baldwin said.

Baldwin, who would become the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate if she wins this fall, also praised the president for making history by repealing "don't ask, don't tell" for service members "so no American ever again has to lie about who they are in order to serve the country we love."

Read her prepared remarks.

-- By JR Ross


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