Baldwin enters Wisconsin Senate race
September 6th, 2011
09:10 AM ET
12 years ago

Baldwin enters Wisconsin Senate race

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin on Tuesday announced a bid for the Senate in 2012.

In a three-minute web video, the six term congresswoman likened herself to retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl and former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, who lost his reelection bid in 2010.

She pointed to her opposition to the deregulation of Wall Street and the war in Iraq as examples of her progressive credentials. Wisconsin is a battleground state President Barack Obama won with 56 percent of the vote in 2008. But Republicans made significant gains during the 2010 election, capturing a Senate seat and the governor's mansion.

"Just like Herb Kohl, I've made standing up for the middle class my top priority and I've never hesitated to speak my mind," Baldwin said in the video. "The fact is we have to create jobs and get the economy back on track, and it's time politicians looked out for seniors, working families and the middle class instead of protecting the profits of big oil and Wall Street."

With Feingold passing on another Senate bid last month, Baldwin is the early frontrunner on the Democratic side. Democratic Rep. Ron Kind and former Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen are also considering bids.

On the Republican side, former Rep. Mark Neumann, who won the backing of the conservative Club for Growth Political Action Committee last week, is running for the seat and former Gov. Tommy Thompson is mulling a run.

If elected, Baldwin would be the only openly gay member serving in the Senate.

Filed under: 2012 • Herb Kohl • Russ Feingold • Tammy Baldwin • Wisconsin
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Enough is Enough

    Touting her "Progressive credentials" will not help her win, since the word progressive and retard are interchangeable.

    September 6, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. diridi

    good luck, make your voice heard out-loud, and clear....Don't sleep till you win.....and be principled, moral....good luck, do not tarnish Democratic Core Principles. One more thing.....let me write...
    Let me be very clear, whoever uses, Socialist....let me tell and teach you very important thing here...Your Social Security is Socialist Program, Your Medicare, Medicaid, is a socialist program, your Unemployment check is a socialistic, the ones you use from the Government is Socialistic, Washington's Hospital where these idiots, like Senate, and Congress people admit for their Ailments is socialistic ones, o.k, Don't say in Democratic land about Socialist name, people laugh with other end....o.k, These are needed any nation....Obama2012....

    September 6, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Right time to win the race

    September 6, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. gt

    please pick someone beside kohl ... he spend a life time and did absolutley nothing...

    September 6, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Enough is Enough wrote:
    Touting her "Progressive credentials" will not help her win, since the word progressive and retard are interchangeable.
    You seem to be mistaken. I'm sure her credientials will not impress hard core ideologues. She isn't wasting time and effort with that group. Your words demonstrate the attitude that has turned off so many independents to the current conservative realignment. The hardliners hold this belief that their opinions are the only opinions that should matter.

    September 6, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Name jeremy@Dallas

    Way to go girl. We fully support you.

    September 6, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |