U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin is using her spotlight at the Democratic National Convention to take aim at prominent Wisconsin Republicans, saying they don't understand the state and that candidates like her will fight for the middle class.
Baldwin's speech Thursday evening came just hours before President Barack Obama was scheduled to speak.
Baldwin says Gov. Scott Walker and her Senate opponent, former Gov. Tommy Thompson, don't speak for Wisconsin. She said the same of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.
Baldwin took a specific jab at Thompson, a former lobbyist, saying he "went to Washington, cashed in on his special interest connections and never really came back."
The most recent poll on her race shows her trailing Thompson by 9 points.