CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- First lady Michelle Obama was set to address the Democratic National Convention on opening night Tuesday, September 4th -- but she's not the only female with a key speaking role at the Convention. Wisconsin Congressman Tammy Baldwin will be featured later in the Convention.
When compared with Wisconsin's Republicans, the Democrats are certainly lacking the same kind of star power at their Convention this week, but Baldwin -- the Congresswoman from Madison has found the spotlight.
With an overflow crowd chanting her name, Baldwin arrived at the Democratic National Convention like a rock star. One measure of Baldwin's stature in the party is that she was given an important prime time speaking slot on the Convention's final night.
"I get the honor of addressing the Convention on Thursday night. I'm so excited," Baldwin said.
Baldwin is set to speak the same night President Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Party's nomination for president.
"I'll just give you a little sneak peak because in Tampa, you heard from a lot of Wisconsinites -- our Governor Scott Walker, the RNC chair -- a Wisconsinite named Reince Priebus, the VP nominee -- Paul Ryan. What I have in store for all of you is a little more about the Wisconsin that I know, where fairness is our guidepost," Baldwin said.
An overflow crowd of over 1,000 at the Democratic LGBT caucus meeting hailed Baldwin as a political pioneer. In a historic twist, Mark Pocan, the Democrat who will likely fill the House seat Baldwin is leaving is also openly gay.
"People respect those who fight on behalf of the middle class. The fact that we both happen to be gay or lesbian just adds to the fight that we're going to fight for equality for everyone, and I think people respect the fact that we're open about who we are," Pocan said.
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