U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said “every issue is a woman’s issue” and that Joe Biden would make sure to prioritize women’s issues if he were to win the White House this November.
“I want to reiterate that for Joe Biden, it’s simple: He wants to make sure a path of opportunity is available to everyone,” she said.
She lauded Biden’s pick of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, calling her “an outstanding partner” for the presidency.
Baldwin said the state has “an exceptional gender gap” of women favoring Biden over Trump.
She called on Wisconsinites to request their absentee ballots right away to make sure their votes count, and then to go out and get others to vote for Joe Biden, too.
Baldwin appeared alongside state Rep. Robyn Vining, D-Wauwatosa, and Sens. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, and LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee, and 26th SD Dem candidate Kelda Roys, of Madison, as well as actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Jennifer Garner, at a Wisconsin Women for Biden event.
Johnson during the call pointed out this week marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. But she said women of color in many cases had to wait until Aug. 6, 1965, when Dem President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act protecting the right to vote for minorities nationwide.
She then said African American women “have everything to lose” if Trump were to win a second term, citing how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis has disproportionately affected people of color in Wisconsin.
“The only thing Trump has done for the African American community is willingly put us in harm’s way,” said Johnson, one of only two Black Wisconsin state senators. “Women in Wisconsin and all across this country are getting in formation. We’re mad as hell and we’re ready.”
Roys called Trump “the worst president for women and children,” and said she was voting for biden so her step-daughters could watch the news “without being ashamed of our country.”
Vining called Biden “a man of empathy” and said she had hoped he would win the presidency alongside his VP candidate Kamala Harris.
And Taylor called Black women the backbone of the Dem Party, adding it will be “crucial” to inspire turnout in Milwaukee county to win the state.
“In Wisconsin, we never win an election if Milwaukee does not come out strong,” she said. “It’s crucial that women who look like me realize that Joe Biden understands the issues.”
Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch earlier today in a teleconference said that she believes Republicans need to “focus on the president’s record” rather than his tweets in order to win over suburban women voters and take Wisconsin.
“We have gotten into a culture war in this country that suburban moms like myself find really, really unfortunate,” she said, referencing the Black Lives Matter movement against police violence. “We need to focus on the president’s record. Because when you focus on the facts and not the rhetoric, I think people are far more easily won over.”
Kleefisch, who is widely considered to be a GOP contender for the 2022 governor’s race, said Trump brought forth “an economic miracle” before the pandemic hit, and people would support him over Biden if GOP campaigners stuck to that message.