Four Senate seats up for grabs in Wisconsin recall
Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach weighs in
- Duration 4:19
- Date Jun 5, 2012
Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach weighs in
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You know I -- all respect to the Wisconsin writes in my -- they love to protest here but it was really a big deal.
Our last winner whenever gathered in the state capital remember a lot of Democrats close to governor bolstered.
The state rather than vote -- -- the Scott Walker's.
Union busting initiatives.
You know a lot of them came back to say I remember this democratic senator though it had the guts to call me and he said -- I've got them you know I'll be happy to talk to him.
He's back with us right now don't ever back is a Democrat.
He's here to talk about not only that -- soap -- Baghdad.
But -- we should expect that a lot of club folks people forget there's another election going on floor.
Republican senators anyone of them if they lose tonight the senate.
Assists Democrat -- likely is that.
Well I think it's actually fairly likely -- -- what happens in November but as far as -- -- goes right now 6060.
There's four Republican senators are being recalled right on the Democrats aren't in pretty good shape in an extremely competitive in all four of them it wouldn't surprise -- pick up a couple of things that.
Now what about that'll drama last go around where you left the state we'll come any evidence courts in about sports.
And they returning legal actually it's because rather than vote.
You just -- -- why did you -- again.
Well part of the reason why we left was to make sure that people.
Saw what was going on here in Wisconsin with the governor was trying to do not only with collective bargain -- all sorts of other things and they introduce the piece of legislation.
Out of Friday they wanted to back on the governor's desk by the following Thursday.
The idea was to wait a minute slow -- let's talk about this is major changes in normally do these kind of things in the -- sit down any talk about.
It doesn't matter -- the governor is doesn't it was in the legislature he talk about it Governor Walker didn't want to.
So what I did and I got at the time and you are chatting about this for -- from the problems that.
You look like babies and we didn't get our way so -- stormed also not so much we just wanted to have a say we wanted to talk to the governor who wanted to talk to Republicans you know we had a lasting well yes it did troubles and what we got a choice the only reason why we left the state was -- -- Like slammed the -- through media.
And that's how we do not that you governor again sykora right to vote -- can't vote right it was at -- school as you saw the away side there was a there was and it methods of this.
-- the only way we could have the debate that we needed to have your Wisconsin and for people to see what was going on was to take a step back if we were in the capital they would have.
Cut off the debate had the vote immediately and next -- you know things really fall apart.
Yes and you know the state better than I do you -- -- for but it it seems like.
You know gets -- way.
You leave this day -- have a recall.
You recall this person you recall the -- you recall this -- written there are regular.
-- selections -- that's right why do you keep doing things this way.
None of this had happened -- to be really clear on this -- none of this had to happen.
The public employees within a day gave the governor every penny he wanted to balance the budget that wasn't good enough he wanted to go after the collective bargaining language and that's when things fall apart.
Public employees actually help Governor Walker balanced the budget.
And we couldn't that would have been any recalls he wouldn't have been in Madison on a lovely day like today had the governor or not continue to press forward and remove the -- -- The market for western reserve minutes time I'm doing something longer term not just to get me -- this year but to be a little longer term strategy to get rights.
Public pension health care costs under control.
It's -- -- -- because in the end in the state of Wisconsin the governor is in charge through negotiations of the cost of of the pensions and health care.
If the governor it's the governor's responsibility.
But if it's a close vote senator and are we gonna be going through this again not that I might come -- -- Scott's lovely state grateful.
But the it seems to me like this happens I was as a second special election now.
We are absolutely torn apart in Wisconsin and it frustrates me if I'm sure -- Republicans we didn't have to be -- -- we are here.
It just because the governor wants to do something and we think the wrong thing without refusing to release gonna talk about it.
That nobody wants to be here but the point is we are and -- which we -- gonna go to state what are we gonna look like when it's all said and done.
Hopefully we all come together and together we can -- -- four but India had it that the governor the governor everybody was that's not just we want to be governor.
You know that I gave you credit then as I do now you're -- one of the -- -- come out talk about this.
If -- don't we don't buy it it's very apart and it's it's it's unusual so I also laugh about it I'm great it's great to look forward to it.