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Hillary Haunts As Baldwin Comes Out For Barack

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Tammy Baldwin came out swinging for Barack Obama today.

The lesbian Congresswoman from Wisconsin released a lengthy statement emphasizing her support for the Democratic presidential hopeful. Baldwin, who endorsed Hillary Clinton during the primary season, obviously wants to appeal to people who are still weary of Obama – or perhaps still committed to Clinton. Said Baldwin:

…The primary season is now over and, like Hillary and millions of other Democrats, Independents, and many Republicans, I am proud to support the candidacy of Barack Obama for President. Endorsing Barack was not a difficult decision and it is not based on party affiliation alone. Rather, it is based on my concept of what the promise of America means and on the stark differences between the two candidates.

For me, the promise of America is a commitment to our collective well-being, rather than each struggling to get his or her own. The promise of America is embracing our democracy and protecting it and working to make it operate even better on behalf of the people. The promise of America is in pushing, prodding, and testing our democracy to make it flourish, not chipping away at its very foundation in pursuit of a political agenda or personal gain.

If elected President, Barack Obama will move us forward charting a new, hopeful, progressive course, while John McCain would keep us mired in the failed policies and divisive politics of the status quo.

Baldwin then launches into a scathing comparison of Obama and his Republican rival, John McCain.

For example, McCain wants to keep troops in Iraq “indefinitely,” hopes to stack the Supreme Court with conservative judges and maintain “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” These are all things that Obama would prevent or oppose – and with which Baldwin whole-heartedly agrees, concluding:

I am working to elect Barack Obama President, not because I’m toeing a party line, but because we share a commitment to equality for all Americans…I am working to elect Barack Obama President because he dares to believe in and work for ‘one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’

And the home of the brave!

Check out the complete statement. Count how many times Baldwin reiterates that she’s not backing Obama because he’s a party peer.

Why I’m Backing Barack
By Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
August 2008

“For years, Democrats have shared a laugh over Will Rogers’ quip, “I belong to no organized party…I’m a Democrat.” But this year’s election is no laughing matter. The Bush/Cheney regime – the most destructive, debilitating, and demoralizing in memory – perhaps even in history – is almost over and this election affords us the chance to write a new chapter in American history…or not. Should we vote for change or accept the status quo? The question could not be more clear. The correct answer could not be more obvious.

The long primary season gave us the opportunity to hear from the candidates and voice our support for one or the other. In that primary season, I endorsed the candidacy of Senator Hillary Clinton and I supported her throughout her historic and well-fought campaign. Senator Clinton and I share an unshakeable commitment to health care for all in this country.

But the primary season is now over and, like Hillary and millions of other Democrats, Independents, and many Republicans, I am proud to support the candidacy of Barack Obama for President. Endorsing Barack was not a difficult decision and it is not based on party affiliation alone. Rather, it is based on my concept of what the promise of America means and on the stark differences between the two candidates.

For me, the promise of America is a commitment to our collective well-being, rather than each struggling to get his or her own. The promise of America is embracing our democracy and protecting it and working to make it operate even better on behalf of the people. The promise of America is in pushing, prodding, and testing our democracy to make it flourish, not chipping away at its very foundation in pursuit of a political agenda or personal gain.

If elected President, Barack Obama will move us forward charting a new, hopeful, progressive course, while John McCain would keep us mired in the failed policies and divisive politics of the status quo.

Barack Obama will get our troops out of Iraq.

John McCain is willing to leave them there indefinitely.

Barack Obama will work to ensure health care for all Americans.

John McCain is willing to leave people behind while enriching insurance companies.

Barack Obama will make it a priority to protect and safeguard Roe v. Wade.

John McCain has pledged to fill Supreme Court vacancies with justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.

Barack Obama wants to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

John McCain believes the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has been ‘very effective’ and wants to leave it in place.

Barack Obama will support legislation expanding federal employment non-discrimination laws and federal hate crime laws to assure the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

John McCain will not.

I am working to elect Barack Obama President, not because I’m toeing a party line, but because we share a commitment to equality for all Americans. We share core values – a commitment to the common good and an aversion to power being granted through friendship and favors. And we share a belief in the power of the individual to create change and the knowledge that in a democracy, “We, the People” decide what is possible.

I am working to elect Barack Obama President because he dares to believe in and work for ‘one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’”

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Aug 4, 2008
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  • 4 Comments
    • todd
      todd

      Could not be said more eloquently nor more on the money. Tammy rocks. Besides, McCain’s running mate is likely going to be her next-door neighbor to the west (where I am from) — MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Do we REALLY want a VP with a mullet?

      Aug 4, 2008 at 8:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • daisy
      daisy

      she looks amazing!! love the outfit :) she still plays on free interracial dating site ~~~mixedmate.com ? I heard this many times from my friends playing on that site.

      Aug 5, 2008 at 5:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alexa
      Alexa

      Brilliant, as always.

      Aug 5, 2008 at 10:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter
      Peter

      As the chair of the Democratic Party of the 2nd Congressional District of Wisconsin, I couldn’t be more proud to have the representation that I do. Tammy’s a fantastic progressive; always has been, always will be.

      Aug 7, 2008 at 11:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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