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SCHULTZ: But now that a fellow Republican has gone after women`s
paychecks, now that a fellow Republican has made it more difficult for
women to be compensated fairly, Mitt Romney isn`t so willing to go before
the American people and advocate for women`s economic security. He`s not
willing to take a stand. Mitt Romney remains silent.
Get your cell phones out. I want to know what you think. Tonight`s
question: can Republicans make the war on women go away by pretending it
doesn`t exist?
Text A for yes, text B for no to 622639. You can always go to our
blog, at We`ll bring you the results later on in this show.
I`m joined tonight by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, now
running for the United States Senate seat in the state of Wisconsin.
Congresswoman, good to have you with us tonight. I appreciate your
Equality. That`s really what we`re talking about, equality for women
in society. We`re talking about jobs. We`re talking about health care.
In the state of Wisconsin, they have repealed a law that would make it --
would force the state to make sure that women get paid properly in the
workplace. How can the Republican Party recover from this?

REP. TAMMY BALDWIN (D), WISCONSIN: Well, it`s shocking. All these
things that we thought were very well settled, equal pay for equal work,
settled decades ago, access to birth control, settled decades ago, we see
these issues being re-litigated today. And it is shocking to me.
Women make important decisions all the time about their own health
care, about their family`s health care, about education, about their family
budget. People have to start trusting women, and I have to say these
comments you`ve been sharing with your viewers tonight from Republican
leaders show how just out of touch they are with Wisconsin women for sure.

SCHULTZ: What impression does it leave on you when you have Mitch
McConnell saying exactly opposite what three women in his caucus are

BALDWIN: Well, it just shows me how out of touch he is. In
Wisconsin, women are absolutely aghast. They can`t believe in the state of
Wisconsin that we have seen a measure to bring justice for women who don`t
get equal pay for equal work repealed by our state legislature and signed
into law by the governor.
And they look at the debates that are having -- that are occurring in
Congress and the state legislature, for example, over access to birth
control, and they say, really? We can`t believe that this is being debated
again. This is settled as far as we`re concerned.
And when are you going to start focusing on jobs and economic growth
and fairness and justice again? Speak of manufactured issues, the focus
ought to be on getting our economic growing again.

SCHULTZ: That seems to be the bullet point right now, that every
issue that`s brought up about women and equality in our society and laws
that are being proposed or being struck down, it`s all manufactured.
What`s your response to that?

BALDWIN: Well, you know, I have seen in this particular congress over
and over again partisan manufactured games-playing and manufactured crises.
I mean, look, if you look back over the last year, we see us going to the
verge of shutting down the federal government over whether to extend a
middle class payroll tax cut? We see us getting very, very close to not
making our debt obligations, making good on our debt obligations, over an
effort to gut essential programs in the federal government.
I mean, time after time we see a manufactured crisis, one that could
be completely averted. And as I said, when I talk to Wisconsin families
over and over again they say, birth control? Really? Are you seriously
debating that in this day and age?
They want us to get back to business. They want us to understand what
they`re going through right now. You know, in this tax season as people
are preparing for filing their returns, they want to see tax fairness,
which is why I introduced the Buffett Rule.
When we`re talking about getting people back to work, they want us
demanding a level playing field. That`s what they want us focusing on, is
increasing the middle class. And they see this as preposterous, and
especially when it focuses so much on women.
Trust women. Women have made responsible and important choices for as
long as we know.


BALDWIN: Trust women.

SCHULTZ: Thank you, Congresswoman. Tammy Baldwin with us tonight
here on THE ED SHOW.


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