Chris Stirewalt discusses Wisconsin recall election with CongressmanReid Ribble
- Duration 7:53
- Date Jun 5, 2012
Chris Stirewalt discusses Wisconsin recall election with CongressmanReid Ribble
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I'm the you know this we -- it again today even it's a beauty shops.
Some people who said to me you know I voted for your -- -- the last time some other folks in a manufacturing plant that told me that historically voted Democrat.
But they're voting for us this -- the reason simple.
For the first time of their lifetimes someone is statewide offices and the courage -- take on the tough problems of courage to tackle our fiscal and economic crisis in the state.
To think more about the next generation than just the next election.
And that's exactly what we set out to do.
And that was Wisconsin governor Scott Walker last night talking to Bret -- on special report.
Ahead of today's make or break recall election here in the badger state.
And this is power play Internet and guess what.
I am still in Wisconsin they have allowed me to stay for another day because tonight is the night when we're gonna find out in this battle between public employee unions.
And Republican conservative Republicans who are clashing over collective bargaining power and compulsory dues payments for government workers what started as a local issue has boiled over into a national war.
And more ground zero as -- here walk out tonight is a place where Scott Walker will be he hopes claiming victory.
The downside to happens to be if you are -- Wisconsin resident things have gotten.
Very ugly out here as people back and forth for those of you were watching Fox News Channel -- -- -- got a little flavor of it there in Madison as the folks had some.
Interesting thoughts about Governor Walker and politics that they offered and hot Mike moments for you.
So it's definitely very -- -- and that's why we love it self let's get some perspective on this in terms of what the dining.
It's in the state are and what the direction as let's talk to congressman Reid -- -- Represents the state so we're kind of in the wrong place congressmen are we shouldn't you be here from Wisconsin I work in Washington should you be up here and I should be down there.
Like -- -- percent rather be in Wisconsin and Washington.
And I don't know whether terrific you're if you're in God's country right now from what a great place to me.
And I want to tell you that how great -- I talked about how rough it is up here politically but just someone and say again.
This is one of the very finest places in the country -- the people here are really great I'm not just saying that because of your cultures love of cured meats and she.
Well thank you well thanks for saying that the people are friendly typically fit the official civil discourse has gotten a little bit clumsy here over the last six months -- We're anxious for the food recall election be over so people can get back to normal.
Okay so tell us about.
Scott Walker I tell us about what you know about -- in and tell us about well what's gonna happen tonight by your way of thinking.
That your listen I've -- Governor Walker for quite awhile he's a man of integrity he's a man of his word.
And I think what's taken some people back and taken and maybe a little bit by surprise is the fact that a politician's actually done but he said he would do.
He'd come in he's addressed the fiscal problems at the state has had.
And he did it without raising taxes and so.
Certainly -- there there were some issues with how maybe -- that message back.
Early on and I think maybe governor might have made a misstep there -- so.
But the results are in in.
What's happening Wisconsin economy getting better employment going up our unemployment going down.
And people found out that the world -- -- come to an end and I think that's why the governor is going to win this recall today.
Now the the polling looks pretty good looks pretty good for walker.
But that challenge is of course.
We're expecting very high voter turnout.
But certainly for Democrats.
They know that they've got that where they already did the signatures they already mobilize those 900000 signatures to get the recalled on.
They can count on the turnout what are Republicans doing to make it make it happen for that.
You can bet that the Republicans are gonna turn out today this is what the 2010 elections were about not just in Wisconsin but nationally.
The American people and the citizens of Wisconsin wanted these fiscal problems address they wanted the employment problems addressed they wanted some of these problems solved.
And now that we've actually begun to make progress they're Republicans are gonna turn out at the polls.
And reinforced with the governor's done.
We're gonna say thank you Republicans are gonna say thank you to the governor for standing with some courage.
And actually getting in addressing these big problems and I think they're gonna be out of the polls in droves and I think the other side -- -- come out no matter what happens.
This citizens of Wisconsin are gonna go vote today you're gonna see it in the numbers.
Well I had and it's really amazing it it is a testament to the citizens of this state that voter turnout has always been traditionally high.
But the projections there -- looking at maybe 67%.
As this -- -- -- election officials are projecting huge turnout.
Question about Wisconsin is this your state.
A forty year truce almost really in the political war because.
Evenly balanced they basically democratic west vs Republican east.
And the state existed in sort of a purple.
-- I guess if you forgive me -- but now.
It's it's an open question about the future and it's an open question in November.
What are the stakes as it relates to this election and what it tells us about what happens in November.
Well I certainly think there's and that's certainly think you can make a connection of what might happen in November.
Wisconsin has over the last several presidential election gone to the Democrats.
I think that this is a bit of a Bellwether.
I think the fact that President Obama flew over Wisconsin from Minneapolis to.
Chicago -- didn't stop in Wisconsin to help mayor Barrett.
He's very telling I mean the most the most that he's done here is sent out a tweet last night.
-- so I think the president doesn't want to be associated.
With the Democratic Party in case they lose today.
And I think that the polling we'll show that that's exactly what's going to happen.
Now what the big question I think that Governor -- -- to -- is -- we pull people back together after the recalls over if that's really what's important.
And -- and you can to others there's a hunger here.
Four people -- they want this to be over there they're tired of it this -- really been going on if you think about it.
Mid term elections the state has been in this data political upheaval and as I travel as I've traveled across the state.
You hear people say look.
I just want this to be over I don't agree with -- run everything but we need we need to stop this and by the way speaking of tweets the president's -- was.
Tom Barrett and some -- on the Internet -- we -- -- saying yes.
-- I had and so that was that was pretty funny and I want -- also tell the Internet that you follow me -- -- sour -- on Twitter I should point out congressman.
So here's the deal what you are doing in Washington what you -- what the Republican team is doing in Washington resonates back here Democrats in the state have talked about.
Tea Party this and Tea Party that and tried to make this very conservative Republican House an issue in this election is that fair.
Well I think it's fair for them to try to make it an issue in the election but I think that thing that they keep forgetting and they keep missing is that the 2010 election.
I sent a group of Republican to Washington DC to address the fiscal crisis.
And you know the Democrats have full control they had all through levers of government they have -- house the -- in the White House.
And the American people -- 2010 decided that they didn't want that that they felt that they did over reach.
And they they put a stop to it by sending Republican majority in the house represented.
Now it's our job -- to live out what we said we would do and our campaigns.
And actually begin to address the deficit spiraling drop prices this country that.
Congressmen I'm gonna bring you back -- summer sausage I promise.
It's a beautiful day here I'm sorry you're not here to enjoy it take care Washington while we're gone.
And I will be thanks Chris.