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He has had a tough week trying to explain secretly recorded remarks he made at a fund raiser last night.
In which he said 47% of Americans don't pay federal income taxes and think of themselves as victims.
For more on this -- not a campaign issues we're joined now by Romney supporter of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker who's in Milwaukee governor welcome back to FOX News Sunday.
-- to be back Chris thanks for having me you said.
Friday that you're bewildered by that the Romney campaign since he picked Wisconsin congressman.
Paul Ryan as his running mate used -- that you expected -- to start running.
-- bolder reform agenda campaign and that's a party -- -- why not.
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Are they wasting Paul Ryan are they wasting the opportunity to present.
A reform agenda.
Well I think it's not just about Polaroid did on about talk to Paula hearings just -- the of the day I think he's doing an effective job on the campaign throughout.
I'd just like to see more of the enthusiasm I saw with a two of them were together early on I think that's what Mitt Romney believes and I think that's what will draw people have been running now in my statement and states across the country particularly.
Battleground states and I think that's really what's at stake here we talk a lot about this this comment that was talked about this week I think that takes away from the larger -- which is pretty simple.
This president his allies largely define success they measure success in government.
The how many people are dependent on the government.
Particularly on unemployment benefits I think Mitt Romney I and others like the majority people in this country.
We define success in government just the opposite but how many people are not dependent on the government not because we kicked them out to the streets but rather because.
We empower small businesses in the private sector to create more jobs that leads to greater prosperity and freedom.
For all of our people -- I think that's the focus we've got to have the more we get off on these side issues.
Whether it's individual taxes -- this video comet that really distracts from the larger debate that is at stake here one -- which we've seen the last four years have failed.
I think we need to move towards one that will have a vision of us moving forward again.
Well let's talk you say it's a distraction but it is big news and we can't ignore it.
The video that was released this week because a lot of voters are receiving this information.
In which Romney told big donors last night in Florida at a fund raiser about the 47%.
He's that actually 46% of Americans.
Who don't pay federal income taxes let's watch what he said.
-- present and we didn't want to have a lot yeah.
There is -- -- the government has the possibility here that they believe they're entitled.
To -- here include.
And governor what do you think about -- particularly.
Romney -- saying that 47% of Americans think of themselves as victims.
Well I don't know about them.
The specifics of that what he met but I can't tell you the larger context most people I talked to including people who unemployed today here in the state of Wisconsin.
Don't want to -- They'd like to be able to go out and grab a job in the private sector -- -- -- to put.
Food on the table clothes in the backs -- kids and live a better life out there the vast majority of people who are somewhat dependent particularly when it comes to unemployment benefits in this state across this country don't want to be they wanna live the American dream that.
That's the contrast here we've got a president.
Who I think has largely taken an attack.
At the American dream at the American spirit of the American free enterprise system and in president -- we have someone who would embrace that lift that up so that all people could better themselves and improve their livelihood and I think that's the message that's the past operational message that we need to hear it certainly -- you people like meet many many years ago to someone like President Reagan who share the same beliefs.
But did so -- a very optimistic -- I believe that's what governor Mitt Romney believes that I believe the more we get him out of the stuff particularly in states like Wisconsin and here that.
The better off he's going to be in this election.
You know governor that's a great -- it Benedetti said that there would have been any problem of course he didn't say that and this is the last I'm gonna ask about move on but.
You know -- seemed to write off he didn't say well you know these are people who were in hard times what they wanna get out -- hard times he was basically -- They're 47%.
Their victims they feel entitled and they're never gonna vote for me -- -- -- I'm not gonna worry about them.
You know it isn't what he didn't say what you just that.
While I think -- that but that that's the congress -- we hear on the campaign trail we hear the other side -- you heard a little bit and an even for mr.
Gibbs earlier this mindset that somehow even after four years this president isn't responsible for this economy that 43 months of unemployment above 8% the 23 million of our fellow Americans were looking for work today that even in the foreign policy even in the budget discussions -- -- that's not our fault but the congress ball.
Let's -- there to lead.
We need Mitt Romney out there making the case about how his leadership.
Is now Lincoln -- ultimately -- the selection -- more importantly how his leadership is gonna put many of the people today who are dependent on the government for unemployment.
Back to work not because of the government because we've got -- on the way put people work in the private sector that's the message I hope resonates at the first debate will continue between now and of course.
Six -- -- so in our via the radio interview Friday.
You said that you felt that too many people are restraining Romney from.
Giving his vision.
I guess the question that -- let's make let's say that you suddenly reported campaign chairman what would you -- -- -- what does he need to do this week during the bus tour and Ohio.
What does -- need to do when he is.
Face to face man to man -- -- -- at that for us tonight.
I think he got to get off the -- he got to get -- -- -- forward I think Americans want a fighter they went so what is not gonna fight over politics but rather who shows that -- that that this guy Mitt Romney's gonna fight for the American people when he gets the office he's not going to be on his heels.
He's gonna move forward I think he's got a great plan he just needs.
-- opportunity get beyond some of these side of our issues that I think they're distracting from the incredibly positive plan he's got to help the middle class to help the hardworking taxpayers of this country move forward and I wanna see more passion certainly in part it is a referendum on this president no doubt about.
But I think for most Americans particularly in my state where there's an awful lot of swing independent voters.
They want to know more than what's wrong with this president they wanna know what's right.
What's gonna move this country forward I think Mitt Romney's got that plan I would cease fire in the belly was suitable for I've seen it when he's been a Wisconsin.
I saw him Jane's -- ought to -- which I've seen it elsewhere I wanna see and lit up and -- though because that's the Mitt Romney had no I wanna see most Americans see that he does.
I think to win this election.
Well let's talk about Wisconsin which has not gone Republican.
Since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Obama was campaigning in Milwaukee yesterday for the first time since February.
Having said that the real clear politics average of recent poll shows Obama with a seven point lead now in your state and one poll shelves with the president now leads Romney.
And who is better at handling the economy.
Question governor is Wisconsin really in play this year.
-- I really think it is I mean in my recall election we won in June by more votes.
There were cast two years ago by a larger percentage than two years ago in many of the polls show that it would be dead at tight affect some of the exit polls that night showed it was.
A split decision right down the middle I ended up winning by a larger margin than I had two years prior so I think there's.
A lot of things moving here certainly there's a very clear of political -- to have been for years.
Between Republican Democrat in 2002004.
We were the closest blue state America only a couple thousand votes out of two and a half million made the difference.
I think though the fact the president was here yesterday that Romney's son was here yesterday Mitt Romney's wife and was here couple days ago both Joseph Biden and Paul -- -- -- last week I think you -- see plenty of more attention to Wisconsin as well as Iowa and other midwestern states between now and the election I do think it's competitive but again -- -- all want to Mitt Romney.
If he wants to win with stats -- he's got to show people that the it stands for reformer and that leads to greater recovery if he shows that Wisconsin those -- those voters are gonna swing his way that he can win the election.
Let's talk about about your issue your big reform -- you made.
National news over the last two years -- your law that you pushed very hard hard and and over great opposition effectively ending collective bargaining.
For for most public workers now nine days ago and it didn't got a lot of attention but at Wisconsin county judge.
Overturned part of that law as unconstitutional when it comes to school workers and local government workers.
How big a setback is that for -- governor.
Well it's a problem in the short term just because a lot of our local governments have already set their tax -- area their budgets in place.
It's a real concern in the short term effect -- one of the national bond rating agencies even put out notice event of a negative outlook for local government bond ratings.
Because of that decision now.
Last year we had another.
Activist liberal judge from -- -- -- the capital base of the state.
Make a decision that ultimately was overturned the law was upheld by the State Supreme Court I am confident that that will happen again.
But in the short term it is a problem in our state.
We've had legal action we had an election -- recall election the first of the country where governor was elected in this case -- a larger margin that the war.
I think for most of us who was -- to we've moved on over the last several months rated move forward and it's good because the reforms that save money more than billion dollars worth the savings.
Property taxes went down for the first time in twelve years and -- media guide home a major budget deficit turned into a surplus.
-- had done the right -- rule in this state Ford and this is just a temporary setback.
Until the upper court of.
-- that governor we have less than a minute left I want to ask you about another labor issue is you know I'm sure.
They just and -- nasty and angry school strike in in Chicago.
First involved how did you think that -- -- of the mayor of Chicago have a litmus secondly.
-- -- -- -- to see a split even between democratic officeholders and public employee unions.
Well I really do I and I mention this even before the strike in places like Chicago where around the nanny or even -- the other states you look at.
Massachusetts New York others out there.
When you're the chief executive Vienna mayor -- governor in the box -- -- few you've ultimately got to make decisions that that make things work in in this case.
What we did with our reforms much like they tried to do -- Chicago wasn't just about taxpayer savings.
It was about making the government work.
And that's effectively have a place to think about -- Iran and then it was just talking about particular about having accountability.
And having measures -- which you can hold people accountable and hire and fire based on -- That's what we did a Wisconsin in when you do that when you pay based on performance.
You can put the best and the brightest to your classroom -- you can keep them there it's good for the taxpayers could write the students it's good for great teachers.
Governor gonna have to leave it there Governor Walker thank you so much for talking with us today and will be watching what happens -- Wisconsin's there.
Thank you Chris.
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