Gov. Walker: 'We finally stood up and took them on'
Wisconsin governor on how his win impacts 2012
- Duration 6:34
- Date Jun 8, 2012
Wisconsin governor on how his win impacts 2012
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-- governor Scott Walker was running for governor in Wisconsin he promised the people of his state that if elected he would rein in.
Out of control spending that was in Madison now -- -- very day took the oath of office.
He began to follow through on his pledge to solve the State's budget crisis.
And he did so knowing full well the vicious backlash that he would face from unions and other left wing forces in the state.
-- not gonna find that type of courageous leadership on the national stage these days but you will find it in my next guest.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker who we tape just a few moments early.
Right see -- -- -- little time now to digest all that has happened here I wanna go back just prior to the recall election on Tuesday.
-- former President Bill Clinton.
Went to Wisconsin and as what we're dealing with the issues of unions now and he's claiming that you want to break it every union.
And that was that was the claim made by a lot of people.
And this is the type of hyperbole.
You know propaganda that is often -- -- want to get your reaction what he said your governor.
All those people explored all this money was -- If you don't show up -- ball.
See we got on that we're finally got a break every you know America we're gonna break every government America we're gonna stop worrying about the middle class.
We don't get -- -- further before people get to work their way into it we got our -- now we've got at all divided soccer world.
You tell -- know.
I mean here's the messaging you don't care you wanna break every union you don't care about before you don't care about the middle class.
Don't now they've had a little time to digest this I mean does this anger you that this is pretty much of the way they tried to position your desire to balance the budget.
Well that was just a week ago and it's amazing because as usual and I think it's why Iowa and the truth was it was mightier than the attacks that we had though they attacked and attacked and attacks and things like the president said.
A week ago on the facts counter that maybe -- -- -- -- good example comparison between.
Our reforms allowed us to balance our budget.
Without raising Texas Tech we brought about property tax relief for the first time in twelve years and -- median value home.
That allowed -- to balance the budget without massive layoffs without cuts and things like Medicaid which does affect needy families children and seniors.
And and instead you look at Illinois where they didn't use our reforms.
And what you saw -- massive tax increases and individuals nexus -- increases on businesses you now have a governor down they're talking about.
Closing fourteen state facilities and laying off thousands of public employees.
And a governor who's gonna cut more than a billion dollars out of Medicaid the facts don't match with the rhetoric and the most outrageous part of that is the claim that somehow.
The president and his allies were defending the middle class it's the middle class taxpayers they get stuck paying the -- all the time.
But one of the things that infuriates me about unions in particular they take hard working rank and file money.
And then you know most of that money we now is funneled to the Democratic Party and then there's a -- like kickbacks system.
Where they are not challenged and meanwhile you inherited debt but debt the deficit of three point six billion dollars.
So my question is -- think people have caught up to the fact that.
Unions are really looking out for their members they're looking out for the quid pro quo system that has existed for a long period of time.
You think you're election -- show that I mean expose them.
Why I think it's an even more egregious and that I think they're looking out for their leadership.
I think that's what it really boils down to and I.
Think that's why in my state even many of the union households with private sector unions supported me in the election because they're hardworking taxpayers as well.
And what they saw was the public sector employees for years we're paying nothing close to what private sector employees union or nonunion.
Are paying and it was just a fundamental issue of fairness yes -- let me my opponents the president or had talked about defending the middle class.
They were talking about defending the big government union bosses and we finally stood up and took a -- It's funny but -- -- Paul Ryan tries to you know reign in with the entitlement spending because Medicare is going bankrupt Social Security's going bankrupt and countries got sixteen trillion dollars and that.
You know he had -- -- and who would throw granny right over the cliff and the president's I'll say Republicans want dirty air and water.
But let me just run that -- the impact of all of this because I think.
I think the hyperbole the propaganda the misinformation isn't working like it once did because these are they -- quintessential predictable talking points you get every election.
There was an -- that came out the day after the election this week.
And -- liberals and in the wrong were saying how important it is now they're trying to downplay beloved play the set point.
This race in Wisconsin is the most important race in the country before the presidential election.
-- -- Then we will roll call and replace Scott Walker -- so yeah.
Lifetime and -- will affect every race and every partisan election on every dollar million race for dog catcher on up to the race for -- Yeah.
And this race in Wisconsin is the most important race in the country and made a mistake doing.
Every half -- starting about November and no I don't think so this isn't gubernatorial race with the hi guys you know it's recalls -- -- has nothing do with the President Obama at the top of the ticket probably won't tell us what.
I of that as pretty effective -- is it don't have.
Who's right when they right before -- -- -- or they -- downplaying this after the election out of that lost.
Well they change -- the amazing -- Sean is as you know focus you've watches very closely had me on with your TV radio show many times before to talk about this.
This was one of the most substantive elections we've ever had -- Wisconsin probably.
One of the most substantive elections in the entire country it was in personality based it wasn't based on personal -- It was based on two fundamentally different views of what government should be -- anything it was about.
Who's in charge is and a handful of big government union bosses at the state and local level.
Where's the hard working taxpayers.
And it clearly was about just as I think it should be about at the national level what defines success in government isn't getting more people on government assistance particularly unemployment.
Where is it getting more people off of government assistance.
Particularly getting them off of unemployment not by kicking them off.
-- by opening up the private sector so that more people can create -- and fill jobs.
And control their own destiny -- our freedoms all right governor thank you so much for being with us I don't put a great -- and thank you so much for being here.