NEW INFORMATION: Baldwin: Democrats need to tout health care reform

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin says Democrats need to be more vocal about how well health care reform is working.

The Wisconsin Democrat talked politics during an hour-long discussion at Marquette University. Topics included immigration, minimum wage and the nation's growing wealth divide.

Baldwin acknowledged that the health care law's rollout was flawed, but she says Democrats on the campaign trail shouldn't be reluctant to embrace it. She says Democrats need to make sure people understand how the law has made things better, for example by not allowing insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

Baldwin also predicts that Democrats will retain Senate control after the November election. Republicans need to pick up six seats to win the majority, but Baldwin says she expects her party will maintain a slim majority.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is scheduled to talk politics during an hour-long forum at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Baldwin's office says she'll discuss health care reform, immigration, minimum wage and Washington's political divide at Wednesday's event.

The 52-year-old was elected to the Senate in 2012. She previously spent 14 years in Congress, and before that was in the state Assembly for six years.

She serves on the Senate's budget committee, as well as committees involving homeland security, health, aging and natural resources.

A Marquette Law School poll last month said her favorable and unfavorable ratings were both 35 percent. Another 27 percent said they didn't know enough about her to form an opinion.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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