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Tammy Baldwin, Potentially America's First Openly Gay Senator, Talks About Her Chances

Rep. Tammy Baldwin speaks with the New York Times about her run for Senate and whether her sexuality might be a factor for Wisconsinites:

Baldwin"This November, people in Wisconsin will be so focused on getting by. They’ve made serious adjustments to deal with this economy — whether it’s the recession or the decline of the middle class before then. I feel so strongly that that’s what’s going to be on people’s minds."

Baldwin is also asked about Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality:

"Look, he is moving in the right direction on this issue. He’s been crucial in equality efforts like the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and signing the Matthew Shepard hate crimes prevention act. I have no idea what goes on in another person’s mind. As a legislator, I need to be good at persuading people, counting votes and getting to 50 percent plus one. I don’t go back and say, 'Why did this person get to the right position?' It’s only 'Are you yes or are you no?'"

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  1. Baldwin is the real deal. I've been a fan of hers since about 1985.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 19, 2012 12:37:30 PM

  2. There is only one question in any election in a "purple" state like "Badger country". Who is the strongest candidate with the ability to raise enough money. That's it folks. Until progressives get as clear-eyed (and yes ruthless as Rove) about elections we will lose and deserve to do so.

    I don't know enough about Baldwin or other Dems in WIS. to know the answer. But I know this: Elections are not about feeling good and righteous or all warm and fuzzy shouting "It's our time, baby". They are about one thing only, WINNING! I also know that the old vote. The old and grumpy. The old and white and straight and religious (booking that trip to heaven don't you know). Hope I'm wrong about her chances but WIS ain't WEHO or Manhattan or Cambridge or SF.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Mar 19, 2012 1:37:33 PM

  3. I think Wisconsinites have had buyers remorse with the 2010 Republican winners for some time now. I think Wisconsin will go for Obama in 2012 and I think the state will elect the superb Tammy Baldwin as their next United States Senator.

    Posted by: Terry | Mar 19, 2012 3:56:20 PM

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