Tammy Baldwin Acceptance Speech (Transcript)


I know that many of the people listening to the speech tonight may not have voted for me, but I want you to know I will stand up for you and I ask you to work with me to move our state forward. Here is the promise I want to make you: I WILL BE A SENATOR FOR ALL OF WISCONSIN! Now, our state has had some incredible leaders from both political parties and all across the ideological spectrum. And I have a lot of good examples to follow. One is Herb Cole. You know that when he first ran for the U.S. Senate, his slogan was NOBODY'S SENATOR BUT YOURS. But now his senate became a title, one that he has earned every day that he has served the state of Wisconsin. I am so grateful to have had his support throughout this campaign and humbled to carry his deep commitment to public service. I also want to thank Tommy Thompson for his life in public service, and before I do I want you to indulge me on an acknowledgement on a very personal level. I just got off the phone with him, he was very cordial, congratulated me and wished me and everyone of us well. But, I want to tell you a quick little story about Tommy Thompson on a very personal level. I still remember the first time I met him. I was 30 years old and a Freshman member of the Wisconsin assembly. He was greeting new members of the WI legislature at the governor's mansion. We didn't talk politics. I explained to the Governor that I was Joe Baldwin's daughter and I had never met him until his father passed away. Tommy's face lit up. He had known my father in college and would delight in sharing remembrance every time I saw him and that meant the world to me. Tommy and I didn't always agree -- in fact, in this campaign we didn't agree in much. But there can be no doubt that he shares my love and all of our love in Wisconsin!

Tonight I want to reach out to his supporters and ask them to join me in standing up for our belief that we are all in this together. Now, make no mistake, I AM A PROUD WISCONISN PROGRESSIVE!

Which means I believe in holding the powerful accountable. I believe in fair play, and I believe that when people are struggling, you don't talk down to them, you help lift them up. And I believe in Wisconsin's workers and work ethic that I will fight for every day. But I also believe we can only move forward if we move forward together. Now, this has been an incredible journey. One that has shown me the best our state has to offer. WI workers put the made in America label on boots of our soldiers, engines, and ships. I met with potato farmers in Clover. I ate wall-eye in Fund lack and the best cream puffs in the world at the state fair. And I am grateful to so many people tonight. I want to thank the people of the second congressional district for giving me the honor—cheers and applause—for giving me the honor of serving you for the last 14 years. And I want to congratulate Mark Pokhan who will do a terrific job representing—cheers and applause—It has been a privilege to serve in the House of Representatives and I had a committed and dedicated team in my staff who do a tough job campaigning in my name but on your behalf!

Led by my dear friend and chief of staff, Bill Murat, I want to recognize this amazing group of people. I am grateful for all the elected officials and public servants who stood with me throughout this campaign. In particular, Glenn Moore who famously reminds me whenever she sees me I WAS FOR YOU BEFORE YOU WERE FOR YOU. And Russ Feingold.

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