U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth called on state Dem party activists at their state convention Friday to “unify behind a new vision for the future.”

Duckworth, D-Ill., emphasized unity among all Americans in her speech, telling the crowd in the last address of the night that U.S. citizens “will never give up on our own” and will not “leave anyone behind.”

Duckworth, an Iraqi war veteran, highlighted her experience when her aircraft was shot down by an RPG in Baghdad, resulting in her losing both of her legs and part of her arm before being carried to safety.

But she drew parallels between that experience and party activists who “have been on the front lines fighting for our values for decades,” calling them “just as important as those fights on the battlefields.”

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, issued a call to her fellow Dems during her address Friday, saying Wisconsinites needed them to stand up to stop the erosion of their way of life.

Baldwin said President Trump promised during the campaign last fall that he would fight for the little guy. But his budget shows that was a “scam.”

“The people of Wisconsin need champions, and they are not going to find them in the Republican Party,” Baldwin said. “That’s why they’re counting on us.”

Delegates today are to vote on who will serve as chair for the next two years. On the ballot is incumbent Martha Laning, who’s running for a second two-year term as chair: Joe Donovan, a former Waukesha County businessman; Eric Finch, an attorney; and Bryan Kennedy, the mayor of Glendale and former AFT-Wisconsin president.

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