Gov. Walker: 'This was a victory for the taxpayers'
Wisconsin governor on moving his state forward
- Duration 9:42
- Date Jun 6, 2012
Wisconsin governor on moving his state forward
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At last night's historic victory Wisconsin for Scott Walker sent a clear message to Democrats and big labor that reforms which -- jobs and profits well.
They're just for the voters want now shortly after being declared the winner Governor Walker quickly called for the state to move forward and work together.
What has made America amazingly.
He's been the fact that throughout our history.
Throughout the more than 200 years -- our history there have been men and women courage and who stood up and decided it was more immortal god for the future of their children.
And their grandchildren and then their -- -- Now it is time to move -- and move boarded Wisconsin.
Tomorrow is the day after the election and tomorrow we are now no longer reported tomorrow we are one it was done.
-- -- It now the question as to the left here and that message and the answer to no -- surprise is well -- -- -- instead big labor in the left moved to practicing.
Their -- -- hateful rhetoric that we've all come to know.
On Twitter believe it or not several tweets explicitly call for the assassination of Governor Walker quote somebody gonna kill Scott Walker man -- read one tweet posted by -- user.
Authorities are now investigating these threats and now the leaders on the left -- trying to -- their epic failure but looking ahead toward the 2012 presidential election.
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz release a statement that said quote it Mitt Romney thinks he's going to be the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan he's got another thing coming to.
That wasn't she the one that said Wisconsin was a dry run for November.
Now here with his take on this historic win from last night and what it means for the state the country.
And the election Wisconsin governor Scott Walker got a welcome back thanks for being less.
And -- -- to be with you all right so I look at the size you increase the size of a victory from 2010.
You look all across the board -- this year the president was afraid to even the women in campaign for your opponent.
Lot of things happen here you even got nearly 40% of union households in your state.
What what happened what does it mean and is there an impact for 2012.
Well I think there has been I think it was real clear -- did Republican -- conservative voters for vote for me.
And many independents and many even in some cases some Democrats voted for me.
Because they like the fact that of all things we had the courage to take on these tough issues the courage to take on both the economic and fiscal crisis in our state.
To take on the -- to take on the special interest and ultimately stand with the hardworking taxpayers I think people want that and I think they want that not only in my election yesterday.
And they certainly want to have the fall we're lord knows we have even more dreadful news -- -- -- the federal level we need leaders of courage to take on these big challenges.
Right throughout this process that -- -- pretty neat at times I mean both for you in the lieutenant governor Rebecca clay fish.
Yet protesters outside your house your family was harassed.
You know emotions were running very high end of the election now is -- post election now you've got these other threats to deal with.
What do you think that -- what do you think about that what do you think about what happened to you state in the process.
Was that purple to the state of Wisconsin that they try to -- you here.
Well I think what we saw was very real last February and march of 2000 -- and you literally had tens of millions of dollars -- was dancing you had thousands of people coming from outside it was guests and trying to target are reforms and then the target or Supreme Court -- and -- the target six states senate Republicans.
And then last fall they start in the recall against me and against Rebecca -- Fisher lieutenant governor.
Cut it each step of the way there was more and more passion brought in -- much of that was coming from outside of the state of Wisconsin.
My hope is.
The day after the election in the coming days.
Some of those people move on to Ohio and Florida and other states where they're going to be tight presidential elections and allowed us here left to Wisconsin.
To focus on what we -- which is have passionate debates and then move on and move for.
MM RI governor in my interpretation that what happened in your state last night.
Is a crippling blow to organized labor in other words that that people have come to realize.
That we've got to balance our budgets and that's on the state level you inherited big deficit.
And that also means federally DT think they -- the countries come to grips now is that one of the messages from last night with the.
As an -- -- but.
I think it is -- and I would add to that a phrase that we hear often.
I think it was a triumph more than anything from middle class taxpayers you see for years of my stay and I think arguably across the country.
Middle class taxpayers have overwhelmingly paid for the expansion of government for an expansion of big government liberal policies.
And once and for all including as you mentioned -- even a lot of private sector union council stood up and said.
You know we're taxpayers.
We think this is griner out of control we think this has gotten -- -- it is only fair to expect public employees like me and others in the public sector.
To pay something close to -- Are our neighbors in our -- fellow citizens do in the private sector.
And I think this was a victory for the hard working taxpayers of our state and hopefully a victory for the hardworking taxpayers of America.
You know it was interesting in the exit poll last night they asked the question who people would vote for and it was Obama Romney.
They didn't put in the word undecided in there which I found pretty interest in some -- somewhat skewed poll.
Is Wisconsin now to day.
More in play for governor Romney -- it was before yesterday.
And in -- for all the hype about the exit polls remember the exit polls early on suggested it was a neck and neck race it would be.
Possible that I -- lose in India and obviously it was a bigger margin that I won in 2010 so I'd be careful about reading too much and in many of those exit polls.
I think the governor governor Romney has it a clear chance he went from six months ago where he was almost a foregone conclusion the president would carry Wisconsin.
To one where I think it's going to be incredibly competitive juices it was for President Bush back in 2000.
In 2004 what was -- it was the closest blue state America.
I think you can be just as competitive.
In the 2012 election but.
Think the key for Romney is for that for governor Romney is he's got to make the case to voters here and across the country.
That he's in a position.
Where he's gonna -- the same sort of bold reforms.
That we did here was Jessica's I think that we can they work for America I think now more than ever we desperately need to have the work for America.
How angry it is the left in organized labor that you know -- the president was last Friday is in what Minneapolis is in Chicago is in the area.
And they always supporting is your opponent is a last minute tweaked.
You know I thought I was pretty weak and now organized -- they're mad they felt that they put.
Their -- on the line for him and they spend a lot of money supporting him and I felt like in -- -- need.
That President Obama abandon them do you think that some though he might have lost some support as a result of those.
Well I can understand why they would just from a purely from a political standpoint I can understand why any group who felt they were an ally of any candidate.
Would feel frustrated that candidate particularly in this case.
The president who promised in the primaries for years ago but he stand up with the organized labor anytime click -- -- was challenged when you agree or disagree that was a good policy or not.
That's what he said back -- so I can understand why those labor leaders would feel that way.
I think -- I think it's gonna back for and I I think not only with union leaders.
I think there's a lot of people in my state a lot of other swing states -- -- are looking for political courage.
Running away from someone you you claim you believe -- at a time when they need you the most.
Is -- political courage I think it's I don't care if it's calculation.
It's interesting is in November 2007 I find I found a quote from Obama at a labor supporting these said look of American workers have been denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House he said.
I'll put on comfortable pair shoes myself I'll walk the picket line would do as president of the United States.
And not only to -- meets that standard let me ask you one last question about this.
That -- big talking point and left is that while we were out spent seven to one.
I look at the money and my math is a little bit different here and that is that when -- all the money the unions spent.
In this effort to recall you.
The numbers are are quite equal and if that's a standard that President Obama you know outspent.
You know John McCain three to one back in 2008.
Donors don't -- -- -- you go all the way back to last February which is really when this started.
The big -- union -- forward to millions of dollars in Detroit fighter reforms they spent millions -- the State Supreme Court race.
Last spring attacking me they spent tens of millions of dollars.
In the summer and trying to take out -- state senate Republicans in recall election is targeting me and of course starting late last fall.
-- sort of the recall process so.
They've been engaged for a year and a half they poured -- millions of dollars but thousands of bodies here in the state of Wisconsin we had to be up against that and all the he -- media that they got from the protest.
And yet once we got the truth out.
That was our secret weapon.
It's true you know I think the best thing to come out of this governor was I think every state needs to balance its budget that we've got to come to grips nationally with.
Entitlement spending and I think the best message -- -- -- people those constant sent a message to politicians if you do the right thing.
And you balance the budget and stand in your principles we're not gonna abandon you.
And I think that might might help other politicians that they have a tendency to buckle grow a little bit -- of -- fine.
As you show throughout this process so congratulations and we appreciate you -- -- Thank you and I certainly hope so for the sake of that not only my statement -- of this country thanks John I gotta walk with the.