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Friday, June 05, 2015

 8:52 PM 

Baldwin: Dems can't re-take the Senate without Feingold winning next fall, says Walker had 'Todd Akin moment'

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin told the crowd the 2016 race for Wisconsin's other Senate seat can't come soon enough to put Russ Feingold back in the chamber.

She praised Feingold, saying both voted against the Patriot Act more than a decade ago due to their concerns over civil liberties. She also said Feingold always stood up for the state's history of manufacturing and "I want Russ with me to make sure Wisconsin workers don't get screwed by another bad trade deal."

Baldwin ticked off a list of what she said were misplaced GOP priorities such as refusing to "lift a finger" to help protect women from pay discrimination and repeatedly trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. She noted fellow Dem Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia was here to address the convention and they will vote down the worst GOP proposals.

"But if we want to stop this right-wing rampage once and for all, we need to win back the Senate majority, and we can’t do that without winning back this seat," she said.

Baldwin also knocked Gov. Scott Walker for comments he made this week when asked about adding exceptions for rape and incest to pending legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. Walker said, "it's in the initial months where they’re most concerned about it" as he said he'd sign the bill regardless of whether the exceptions were added.

Baldwin called that a "Todd Akin moment" and said that gave the nation a "sneak peek at the ugly side of Scott Walker's ambition."

“He said that, out loud, and people across the country were shocked and appalled. But that’s the Scott Walker we here in Wisconsin have come to expect," she said.

-- By JR Ross

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