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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.

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