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Liberal U.S. Senate-elect Baldwin joining up with conservative Johnson


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - One of the state’s most liberal politicians will join one of the state’s biggest conservatives in the U.S. Senate.

But Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Ron Johnson are hopeful that they can work together to serve Wisconsin’s best interests.

Baldwin said everyone who seeks public service cares deeply about their state – and she’s confident she can find “common ground” with Johnson on both local and national issues. And that includes the federal deficit and the looming crisis over the national debt.

Baldwin said the voters sent a message on Tuesday that they’re sick of gridlock, even though the partisan makeup of Congress and the White House did not change.

Baldwin, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. House, defeated former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson on Tuesday to win the Senate seat vacated by Democrat Herb Kohl.

Johnson, who unseated Democrat Russ Feingold two years ago, says he looks forward to meeting with Baldwin in person to discuss issues. He said he hoped Baldwin would agree with the facts surrounding the federal budget, and work toward what he called “common sense solutions.”

Johnson agreed that the two are political opposites, and the first thing he wants to do is find out what they agree on.