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Friday, June 06, 2014

 8:50 PM 

Kind focuses on vet issues, student loans, voting rights

After thanking Judge Barbara Crabb for striking down the state's gay marriage ban, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind asked delegates to thank veterans for their service.

Kind asked those in attendance to take a moment to thank vets on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

He then told the delegates that from what he's seen, the VA medical centers in Wisconsin are not experiencing the long delays that other centers have across the country. However, he also said delays should have been expected given the veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Our contract with our vets is a solemn oath and it's time for this nation to rise up and address that need," Kind said.

Kind also highlighted the efforts of Scot Ross and One Wisconsin Now in trying to address rising student loan debt. He argued that Republicans have chipped away at student financial aid when loan debt has raised to $1.2 trillion.

He also slammed Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans who pushed voter ID and limitations on absentee voting hours.

"This is Wisconsin 2014, this is not the US of the 1950s," Kind said. "We've won those battles and I refuse to go back in time."

Kind got lots of applause when he dared GOP trackers to film him making the statement that he would "never apologize" for supporting the Affordable Care Act. He argued that the law was necessary to stop the rise of health care costs and ensure coverage for the nation's uninsured.

 -- By Jason Smathers


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