California Sen. Kamala Harris headlines campaign rally for Tammy Baldwin

June 14, 2018

Photo by Ingrid Laas

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin was joined by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), at a rally at Milwaukee’s Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St.

And there was certainly plenty of buzz as someone in the crowd shouted to Harris: “Run for president.”

Harris responded: “Thank you. But I’m here for Tammy.”

Harris is Baldwin’s fifth Democratic Senate colleague to visit the state in the campaign, following appearances by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Corey Booker of New Jersey.

In a state Donald Trump won in 2016, Baldwin faces a tough re-election battle and is determined to turn out the vote in Milwaukee. U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, (D-Milwaukee) also appeared at the rally.

In her speech, Baldwin discussed taking on special interests across a range of issues, including taxes and health care. She talked about being a child of nine, with a pre-existing medical condition, and being hospitalized for three months.

“It made me want to be in public service to create opportunities for everyone to have affordable health care,” she said.

Health care is emerging as a key fault line in the race. Baldwin backs the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and has signed on to independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” proposal.