Endorsement: Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate

In Wisconsin, the choice for U.S. Senate is stark. There’s really no contest—we think Tammy Baldwin is the clear choice over Tommy Thompson.

Tammy Baldwin, who represents central Wisconsin in the U.S. House, has a solid record of supporting working- and middle-class families. Her record shows that she believes in protecting a secure retirement, expanding access to health care, and creating good jobs that people can live on.

Thompson is a veteran politician who served as the state’s governor from 1986 to 2001. Since then, however, he’s moved away from Wisconsin—serving in George W. Bush’s cabinet before starting a career at a Washington lobbying firm. He went straight from pushing Bush’s drug-industry-friendly Medicare changes to a high-paid job advocating and advising drug companies and health insurance companies. His clients included corporations that profited from outsourcing jobs to other countries.

Thompson’s campaign promises show how much he’s embraced a corporate-friendly agenda. He supports even deeper tax cuts for millionaires like him, at the expense of programs, like student loans and Social Security, the rest of us need. He has wrapped himself enthusiastically around Paul Ryan and the Ryan budget, which would privatize Medicare and shift costs to seniors, who would be left on their own to contend with insurance companies. In a video recorded at a Tea Party gathering this spring, Thompson even asked, “who better than me” to “do away with Medicare and Medicaid.”

Tommy Thompson has spent the last few years advocating on behalf of powerful corporations in his lobbying-firm job. There’s no reason to think he won’t have exactly the same priorities in the U.S. Senate. We know where Baldwin would stand, because we’ve seen how she’s voted as a member of the U.S. House. She’s always looked out for working people in Wisconsin with drive and determination.

Tammy Baldwin is, to be sure, a better choice than Tommy Thompson. But the real pleasure for Wisconsin voters is that they don’t just have a chance to vote against a bad option—they have a chance to vote for someone. By voting for Baldwin, they’ll elect someone who will stand out in the Senate for her commitment to her principles. Baldwin won’t just vote the right way; she’ll be a leader and a voice for working people.

Tammy Baldwin is looking to move Wisconsin forward. She has the values and the energy to be a great Senator.

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Getting Out the Vote the Old Fashioned Way: With Pizza and Postcards

Working America activists in Wisconsin have been diligently putting pen to paper (well, postcard) for the last few weeks in an effort to urge voters to get out on Election Day and vote.

Women (and a few men) from across the state have been getting together for our Woman-to-Woman Pizza and Postcard parties. Our members realize that the stakes are high this election and are enjoying the chance to reach out to others about the candidates that support our issues.

One of the messages our members felt needed to be spread was President Barack Obama’s willingness to represent the entire country as president. They reminded folks of Mitt Romney’s now infamous “47 percent” comments, which disregard almost half of voters as “dependent on the government” and unwilling to “take personal responsibility […] for their lives.”

Activists wrote postcard after postcard reminding folks that Romney’s tax plan benefits the wealthy and harms the middle class and the poor. The Romney-Ryan agenda cuts taxes for the wealthy at the expense those who are already struggling to get by.

Our members want to spread the word that it’s just not right to take more from a family who can barely put food on the table so that the super wealthy can get tax breaks they don’t need.

Rosemarie from Oak Creek talked about how squeezed the middle class already is and how we need people who represent more than just the wealthy in office. “Most of our senators and congressmen are millionaires,” she said, “it doesn’t matter to them if their electric or tax bills go up but the rest of us struggle with that.”

Rosemarie’s sentiments closely align with most of the people in Wisconsin: they want to be truly represented. They want someone in office who is going to worry about the things they worry about.

Beyond tax fairness, Wisconsinites are worried about jobs – for themselves, for their family, for their friends and for their neighbors. While they’re worried about keeping their job or finding a good job, politicians like Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) keep voting against any bill that would help the middle class while attacking the social safety net.  Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson’s latest promise to “do away with Medicare” proves he’s just another Ron Johnson.

Our members know that’s not what Wisconsin needs, so they are making sure to spread the word on candidates that support our issues. The postcards urge folks to vote for Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate who will listen to their concerns and fight on their behalf for good jobs and tax fairness.

These postcard parties are important to our members and important for voters. Our Working America activists want to make sure that the issues are known. Jerry from Racine said she came to a Pizza and Postcard Party because “our voices need to be heard, they have been trying to silence us and I won’t let them. Voting is our right and we are going to keep it that way.”

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