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Baldwin Makes Case for Fairness, Thompson Attacks

This post comes from HRC Communications Intern Nick Gumas:

Openly gay United States Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin addressed the Democratic National Committee last night, where she spoke about the key value of fairness. She proclaimed, “We believe that if we're going to prosper, everyone has to have a fair shot, and everyone has to do their fair share.” Baldwin, who if elected would be the first openly-gay member of the U.S. Senate, is challenging Tommy Thompson, a former Bush Administration official. 

This year’s Democratic convention marked historic progress among the LGBT community, with the party officially endorsing marriage equality in their platform. Several prominent speakers also went out of their way to mention marriage in their speeches, including Michelle Obama.

Check out Baldwin's speech from last night:

Just prior to Baldwin’s remarks last night, we learned that the political director for her opponent – former Bush administration official Tommy Thompson –emailed around video of Baldwin at Wisconsin’s 2010 Capitol Pride and wrote: "Clearly, there's no one better positioned to talk 'heartland values' than Tammy.”

These comments should come as little surprise to those who have been following Thompson’s career. In a failed attempt to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, Thompson claimed that employers should be able to fire gay employees for their sexual orientation. A comment his campaign frantically backtracked on.

Prove the Thompson campaign wrong - show your support for Tammy and heartland values by donating to her campaign now!

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