U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin drew loud cheers and audience participation as she talked about the importance of ending currency manipulation for China and tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas. She pledged to be a voice for working people, to stand up to special interests and to end tax cuts for the rich.
Highlights of her speech:
Simply put, this election is about a Senator who will be a voice for the people or a voice for the powerful. I’m running to be a voice for the people and I’m here today to ask for your help.
Too many of us are just barely getting by right now. Things that are supposed to be a part of the middle class – a good job, home ownership, saving for kid’s college or retirement, these things feel like they are falling even further out of reach for too many of us. This is result of a decade of policies which have weakened the economic security of the middle class.
We believe in a society where if you work hard and play by rules you can get ahead. Our work ethic hasn’t changed; I think it is the rules. In Washington, powerful special interests with the most money, the best lobbyists, get to write their own rules and too many politicians are eager for them to get away with it. That’s how we ended up with a political system where people in the middle class feel like no one is even listening.
I won’t just speak up for the middle class, I will fight for our middle class, even when it means taking on the most powerful special interests in Washington.