By Mary Keister
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., ventured north Friday to join U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and members of the Beloit community in a rally for Sen. Russ Feingold’s campaign.
Baldwin opened the series of speeches with a call to remember Wisconsin’s state motto of “Forward!” She discussed the progress the current presidential administration and Congress have made despite being left with a “mess” from the previous governmental generation and said it was up to the people, not the media nor talk shows, to make a decision regarding the way they wanted their government to be.
“Every election is about a choice,” Baldwin said. She encouraged voters to submit their ballots early, and after recognizing local politicians Chuck Benedict, Roger Anclam and Judy Robson, turned the floor over to Durbin.
Durbin noted that this was his second visit to Beloit and recalled the story of his first, which occurred 20 years ago when his son was shopping for colleges. Durbin went to Denali’s and said they served him the “best hamburgers I’ve ever had — outside of Chicago.”
Durbin spoke about his relationship with Feingold in the Senate and discussed Feingold’s work, including the McCain-Feingold bill, which concerns the financing of political campaigns. He also spoke against some of the actions of the Republican party. Durbin said they wanted to privatize and hand Social Security over to Wall Street, implying that action would be a catastrophic move because of the state of Wall Street.
The Illinois senator continued to denounce the Republicans, saying, “When it comes to campaigning, Karl Rove crawls on his belly like a reptile.”
Durbin also spoke against the Tea Party movement, saying they could have the Republican Party but that they shouldn’t take over Wisconsin, Illinois nor America.
After a last rallying call from Baldwin for votes for Feingold, the representative and Durbin encouraged voters in the audience to join a caravan traveling to Beloit City Hall to vote early.