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November 7th, 2012
10:11 AM ET

Senator-elect Rep. Tammy Baldwin: Change will move us forward

Last night, Senator-elect Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) became the first openly gay-elected to the Senate. She tells Soledad O'Brien that she believes she was elected by the people of Wisconsin for her focus on middle-class struggles, retirement security for seniors, and doing right by returning veterans. As for a personal goal to push forward a gay agenda, she says, “I didn't run to change history, I ran to make a change.”

Soledad asks Baldwin how she feels about being a member of a Congress that has the most women in history. “Having a seat at the table matters," Baldwin says. "We will see a Senate that is more reflective of America. We’re certainly not there yet, but this will be a change that will move us forward.”

Baldwin is looking forward to her move from the House to the Senate to ensure progress for America’s future.

“I think the American people and certainly the people of Wisconsin are looking for us to work together on the very clear challenges facing us, with the elements of the fiscal cliff. They want to see us responsibly work together and settle these issues,” Baldwin adds.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Politics
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  1. finch

    Just heard Kay Hutchinson say that woman's issues shouldn't be a woman's focus. Yes, Kay, we can think about women's issues AND the economy AND our kids AND our jobs. We mentally multi-task. Republicans don't want to talk about things that are important to the ladies, but rather sneak destructive wording into your party platform. Todd Akien did us all a big favor in telling us what you really think about women. You will never get a majority of the female vote because we look at you as people who would cheat on us – like Newtie did on his multiple wives. He's a great spokesman for your party.
    SO yes, Kay, ladies' issues are very important to us and being sneaky and hiding what you truly think about ladies, will destine your dinosaur party to the dustpan of history.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse | Reply

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