Warren slams GOP policies, praises Baldwin at Madison rally

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in Madison.

MADISON — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed Republican-backed policies and touted U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin as a fighter who believes “government ought to work for everyone.”

Warren, speaking before around 250 at a “Women for Tammy” rally at Madison’s Monona Terrace, also knocked the GOP tax overhaul effort and attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans, she said this morning, think “government should work great for the rich and the powerful.”

“But we’re in this fight because we believe government ought to work for everyone else,” Warren continued. “And that’s why I’m so happy to be here with Tammy, because Tammy is in that fight all the way.”

Warren said Dems “count on Tammy every single day,” adding: “She smiles, she can be soft-spoken, but she knows how to fight.”

And she recounted the July 2017 vote in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which ultimately failed when the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, opposed the measure. That night, Warren said, she and Baldwin “stood there together” nervously on the Senate floor.

Still, Warren warned the push wasn’t over, saying Republicans are continuing to talk about “taking away health care from millions of Americans” and increasing the cost of health insurance.

Baldwin, who spoke before Warren, praised her as an “ally and partner” in the Senate who joined her in in “standing up to the powerful special interests.”

She also the third-party money spent against her, again calling it a “badge of honor” and proof that she prioritizes the needs of her constituents over special interests.

“No matter who it is, I’m not afraid to stand up to them in fighting for you,” she said.

The Madison Dem also continued to depict herself as a champion of her constituents who stands up to special interests, as she railed against the GOP tax overhaul bill and efforts to roll back the ACA’s protections.

She pointed to Wisconsin’s involvement in the multi-state lawsuit looking to overturn Obamacare, telling supporters that “health care is on the ballot this year.”

Baldwin, referencing Vukmir without saying her name, said over the course of the campaign she was “sad to learn” the Brookfield Republican would be “the deciding vote” to repeal the ACA in the Senate.

Vukmir spokeswoman Jess Ward before the event called out Baldwin and Warren for imposing an “angry liberal ideology” on the state and slammed the Madison Dem for “taking advantage” of veterans.

“After Tomah Tammy looked the other way and let our veterans down at Tomah, she has now decided to campaign with Senator ‘Pocahontas’ Warren who falsely claimed to be a Native American, so she could have preferential employment opportunities,” Ward said in a statement.

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