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Tammy Baldwin talks about making history

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's first female U.S. Senator-Elect says she is ready to help hardworking families across the state.

Madison's own Tammy Baldwin says she also hopes to serve as a role model for women and young gay people.

Baldwin sat down with Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann on Wednesday morning to talk about her victory and her road ahead. Here is a portion of that interview, which begins by Baldwin responding to a question about defeating a popular politician in former Governor Tommy Thompson:

BALDWIN: Well, once the primary is over, then the voters have a choice and its not a hypothetical anymore.  And so I think our plan was to, where there were contrasts between my stances on issues and Tommy Thompson's, to make sure that people knew that we had a very different approach to how we grow our economy to how we tackle our deficit and that if hard-working middle-class families wanted a fair shot, I was their candidate.

NEUMANN: You mentioned jobs, you mentioned the economy, what are some things that you would either author in terms of legislation, or support in your first-term or maybe that first session that you think could help bring jobs to Wisconsin.

BALDWIN: So, moving forward, as I take a seat in the United States Senate, I'd like to see us put together a broader manufacturing sector.  You can't have an economy built to last that doesn't make things, as a significant portion of our economy.  And so that's gonna be a lot of our focus as I go and I hope to work on a bi-partisan basis with other Senators with industrial states.

NEUMANN: How much pride do you have in being the first female Senator in state history?  

BALDWIN: Well, its very exciting and I've always believed that our nation's legislature, whether its Congress or state legislatures, do best when they actually reflect the full diversity of our communities.  And so, its very exciting, I believe when you have a seat at the table you take your life experience with you and it informs your decisions, your votes.  

NEUMANN: You mentioned that you did not run to make history, but you made history in one other respect and that's becoming the first openly lesbian member of the U.S. Senate.  

BALDWIN: First of all, for the US Senate, there's an old saying that if you're not in the room, they're talking about you and if you're in the room they're talking with you.  And that really changes a lot and so that's significant on a substantive basis.

The full, nine-minute interview with Tammy Baldwin will be featured on Capitol City Sunday this weekend, at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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