November 7th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Sen. Baldwin: "We'll see a Senate that is more reflective of America"

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) opens up about being the first openly gay member in the upper house of the United States legislature and working together with Republicans to face very clear challenges including the fiscal cliff.

When CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks if she feels burdened to push for gay rights, Sen. Baldwin says, “What I would say in terms of crashing through that glass ceiling is if you’re not in the room the conversation is about you, if you’re in the room the conversation is with you and that does transform things…. I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference. And my campaign was about the struggle of the middle class, retirement security for seniors, doing right by our veterans when they return home from war…. I think it was much more about confronting the very significant challenges that our nation faces right now.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9a ET on CNN.

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