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Tammy Baldwin featured on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- U.S. Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin shares her thoughts on a variety of subjects with on this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

Baldwin says if the Senate is going to accomplish anything in 2013, members from both parties will have to work together.

Baldwin says she truly believes she can do that with Wisconsin's Republican Senator Ron Johnson.

"Well, I would say, already as a member, as fellow members of the Wisconsin delegation, we've had chances to partner up on issues of significance to the state.  As we move forward I have no doubt that when it comes to fighting for Wisconsin, we will find a common ground," said Baldwin.

The Madison native says she expects more urgency as a whole from Congress next year.

"And, if any of the newly elected representatives and senators were listening to the people on election day, they know there has a been a repudiation of gridlock," said Baldwin.  "They want us to go there, get the job done, work together."

In the second half of the show, two members of the State Capitol press corps, Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Jack Craver of the Madison Capital Times join a political roundtable.

Both have their thoughts on how Tammy Baldwin beat a popular politician in former Governor Tommy Thompson.

"She ran a masterful campaign, Tommy Thompson made some fatal errors, the biggest one being he ran out of money after the primary, he was off the air for three weeks," said Marley.

"Her strategy was actually very similar to the President's, in defining Mitt Romney as this elite, out of touch guy," said Craver.  "And there was a lot of conflict supposedly within the Thompson camp about how, do we go with the old Tommy brand?"

While Tammy Baldwin and Barack Obama fared very well in Wisconsin, Republicans dominated State Assembly and Senate races, and are once again in charge of both houses of the Legislature.

That could mean some bills that didn't pass last session, will be back in 2013.

"Mining legislation, I think the Republicans have an easier time getting what they want with a two vote margin in the Senate," said Marley.

"Revisiting the mining law is definitely on the table, if not for Gogebic (Taconite), just for the ideological reason that they believe in this stuff," said Craver.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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