Baldwin urges early voting, says health care on ballot

September 21, 2018


U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. speaks to supporters and talks about her support for the national health care law before encouraging early voting on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Madison, Wis. Baldwin faces Republican Leah Vukmir in the November election.

MADISON U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is urging Democrats to vote early, saying health care is on the ballot.

Baldwin was joined by fellow Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, of Nevada, at a news conference Thursday.

Democrats have been keying in on health care in the midterm elections, arguing their support for the Affordable Care Act will guarantee that protections for people with pre-existing conditions will continue.

Baldwin's Republican opponent Leah Vukmir opposes the law and says she would vote to repeal it. Vukmir tweeted Thursday that she is committed to protecting patients with pre-existing conditions.

But Baldwin says what Vukmir supports is weaker coverage than exists under the national law.

A Marquette University Law School poll this week showed Baldwin up by 11 over Vukmir. Baldwin says early leads have been "erased" before and "nothing is being taken for granted."


Baldwin, Cortez Masto say Kavanaugh nomination should wait

MADISON Democratic U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin, and Catherine Cortez Masto, of Nevada, say the Supreme Court nomination process for Brett Kavanaugh should be put on hold until after an FBI background check can be completed.

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault when they were both in high school.

Senate Republicans say they are moving ahead with a planned Monday hearing that both Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford were invited to attend.

Baldwin said Thursday at a news conference that the FBI should be allowed to complete its work before moving ahead. She called on committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, to accept what Baldwin called a "very reasonable" request to reopen Kavanaugh's background check.

Cortez Masto says "we should take our time to do a thorough review" and complete a background check.

Kevin Nicholson voices support for Vukmir in Senate race

MADISON Republican Kevin Nicholson is voicing his support for Leah Vukmir, a month after she defeated him in the GOP Senate primary.

Nicholson sent an email to supporters on Thursday where he reaffirmed his support for Vukmir, which he had first voiced the night of his defeat. Vukmir beat him by 6 points.

Nicholson is a former U.S. Marine and Delafield management consultant.

Much of his message on Thursday was focused on the need he sees to defeat Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

He says, "it is critical that we unite to defeat Tammy Baldwin."

Vukmir says in a statement that she is grateful for Nicholson's support and says that "together" that will make the case against Baldwin over the next six weeks.


Associated Press