Eau Claire (WQOW) – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin held a rally at the Lismore Hotel in Eau Claire Saturday morning with former Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Organizers claim 1,000 people were in the crowd to listen in on three guest speakers and the Baldwin-Bernie duo. First to take the stage, Les Danielson, a Cadott dairy farmer, followed by Erin Klaus, owner of Tangled Up in Hue in Eau Claire, and Jessika Greender, U.S. Army veteran and leader in the Ho Chunk Nation community. Each speaker expressed their concerns regarding farms under economic stress, protecting the interests of health and Wisconsin families and the lack of medical care for veterans.
"Powerful special interests have already spent over $10M to try to beat me," Baldwin told the crowd. "They are pouring in more money against me than any other democratic senator up for re-election this year. But, I have something these special interests don’t: you."
Sanders agreed. "You can tell how good a senator is in Tammy by how much the Koch brothers are spending to get rid of her," he told the crowd.
He said the Koch Brothers believe that the federal government should play no role in social policy. Sanders also talked about the progression of youth running for office, and taking a stand in politics, like the students from Parkland, Florida.
"The antidote to depression is activism," he said. "Now the big buddy interests are going after Tammy because she has stood with working people throughout her entire career. It is time for all of us to stand with Tammy and make sure that she is re-elected for the United States Senate."
Reporters were not allowed to ask questions of the senators.
One of the Republicans who hopes to unseat Baldwin stopped in Eau Claire Friday for a GOP rally.
"I think it’s really important for people to realize who Tammy Baldwin aligns herself with," Leah Vukmir told the rally. "I mean she is standing with the far extreme of the party. People are not embracing socialist ideas and I think Tammy hides her true identity, her true colors as I said earlier."