Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is launching a Senate bid in 2018 against President Donald Trump, after he said his election win had made white supremacists a “basket in which all Americans can breathe.”
Baldwin, who was first elected to Congress in 1980, said she wants to bring about “a constitutional amendment” to overturn Trump’s election win and that the first step is getting “the American people to see that there are real people out there fighting for the same things we fought for.”
Baldwin’s announcement on Monday comes as Republicans and Democrats work to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The GOP-led Congress passed a version of the health care bill in March, but it hasn’t yet been voted on by the Senate.
The bill would repeal the ACA, which expanded Medicaid and extended coverage to millions of Americans.
It also would limit federal subsidies for the purchase of health insurance, but that’s expected to be an easier sell for Trump.
Baldwin, an independent who was a member of Trump’s Cabinet during his first term, is running to replace retiring Sen. Russ Feingold (D), who has been critical of Trump since the election.
She said she’s confident the bill will pass both chambers.
“We have a president who will make it very clear to Americans that we will fight for them and will be there for them,” Baldwin said.
“It’s a huge opportunity for us to bring people together and be able to do what we have to do to actually make sure that we make sure we do have a health care system that works for all of us, not just a few billionaires.”
Baldwin said she thinks Trump will “come back and say we didn’t do enough to protect the people of Wisconsin.”
“But he can’t just take that to his grave, and then he can say, ‘I was right.’
We have to put this country back on track,” Baldwin added.