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Tammy Baldwin Responds To Condescending GOP Senator

9:26 am - 11/10/2012

Tammy Baldwin To Ron Johnson: 'I'm Quite Confident' I Understand The Federal Budget

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D), Wisconsin's new senator-elect, is confident that she will be able to understand the federal budget without the assistance of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

In an Associated Press interview on Wednesday, Johnson said he hoped he would be able to work with Baldwin in the Senate -- as soon as he explained the "facts" of the budget to her.

"Hopefully I can sit down and lay out for her my best understanding of the federal budget because they're simply the facts," he said. "Hopefully she'll agree with what the facts are and work toward common sense solutions."

"I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House," Baldwin responded in an interview with The Huffington Post on Friday.

"And I am very confident that when proposals come before the U.S. Senate, I will be able to evaluate them as to how they benefit or harm middle-class Wisconsinites. A yardstick of 'does it create jobs,' 'does it lower the deficit' and 'does it help grow the middle class' is an important one. I'm quite confident that I have those abilities," she added.

Baldwin has served in Congress since 1999; Johnson took office in 2011.

The congresswoman said she and Johnson have spoken since the election. "And I am confident that there will be issues in Wisconsin that we can work on, because there have been already in our two years overlapping," she said.

As the Wisconsin State Journal has noted, Johnson and Baldwin "represent near opposite ends of the political spectrum," with Johnson winning his Senate seat as part of the 2010 electoral surge of Tea Party-favored conservatives.

Baldwin will be the first woman senator from the state of Wisconsin and the first openly gay person in the U.S. Senate. She defeated the state's former Republican governor, Tommy Thompson, by approximately 6 percentage points on Tuesday.

By Amanda Terkel. Posted: 11/09/2012 2:42 pm EST Updated: 11/10/2012 9:47 am EST

schexyschteve 11th-Nov-2012 04:26 am (UTC)
I like her.
layweed 11th-Nov-2012 04:27 am (UTC)
lol gtfo no one needs you to mansplain things.

Yay for Tammy Baldwin not putting up with this shit!
foxnikita 11th-Nov-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Right. Because Republicans have a really great track record with 'facts', lately.
ericadawn16 11th-Nov-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
"Is this special Republican math to help you feel better or is it real?"
redstar826 11th-Nov-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
love her so much :)
astridmyrna 11th-Nov-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Johnson: Let me mansplain teh maths to you.


Edited at 2012-11-11 05:03 am (UTC)
ceilidh 11th-Nov-2012 05:05 am (UTC)
bwahaha perfect.
ceilidh 11th-Nov-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
lolllllll. she double majored in math and political science. I think if anyone's going to do any explaining, it'll be HER. :D
romp 11th-Nov-2012 08:04 am (UTC)
meimichan 11th-Nov-2012 05:16 am (UTC)
MY SENATOR! She is so awesome and I think her winning was one of the major highlights of election night for me.

Okay, RoJo is also my senator, but I like to forget about him as much as possible.
layweed 11th-Nov-2012 05:27 am (UTC)
At least you have one awesome Senator. I have two douchebags, John Cornyn and the newly elected Ted Cruz.

sigh, Texas.
teacoat 11th-Nov-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
This is the asshole that replaced Feingold? :|
layweed 11th-Nov-2012 05:40 am (UTC)
ikr? wtf Wisconsin? You boot out Russ Feingold and elect this douchebag? Cripes, just look at his political stances!


Let's hope the election of Tammy Baldwin means Wisconsin is coming to its senses (or has, idk) and they boot this idiot out in 2016.
zeonchar 11th-Nov-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Man, she sounds so confident and awesome. We need more women like her in office.
crossfire 12th-Nov-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
I love her. And I'm secretly kind of jealous of Wisconsin for having such an awesome senator.
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