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Friday, June 06, 2014

 9:49 PM 

Baldwin: "In 2014, we get to decide"

Tammy Baldwin got Dems jazzed up over Mary Burke's candidacy, arguing the party can win the "uphill battle" against Gov. Scott Walker and special interest allies if Dems are ready to "fight hard."

Baldwin praised the role of women in government, saying that "most of the time" when Congress gets something done, it's because a woman is at the helm. She acknowledged the naysayers and referenced her first runs for public office, saying she was told by observers that she couldn't win because of her gender or sexual orientation. 

"But the last time I checked, voters make that decision," Baldwin said. "So let the pundits pundit, let the spinners spin. It's the people who get to decide elections."

She touted her agenda in the U.S. Senate as representing how Democrats are truly attuned to the needs of the middle class -- raising the minimum wage, investing in workforce development and making college more affordable. The alternative, she argued, was the "insane" policies of Walker and his allies in Wisconsin that she said voters should reject in this election season.

"We know what happens when we let the Koch brothers decide," Baldwin said. "And we're not going to let it happen again."

Baldwin also praised a judge’s ruling overturning Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage, saying she is proud to now say the prohibition “doesn’t just violate our values, it violates our constitution.”

Baldwin, who is openly gay, said it has always been just a matter of time for equality to be the law of the land in Wisconsin. She said the state’s history only moves in one direction -- forward, a nod to Wisconsin’s motto.

She also praised U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s decision and pointed out the judge wrote in her decision that even those defending the ban believed the writing was on the wall that it would be overturned.

“I just hope it’s written clearly enough that even Scott Walker is able to read it,” she said.


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