Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined me today for a wide ranging interview on national security and the 2016 race generally:
HH: I begin today’s program with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Governor Walker, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to have you.
SW: Hey, Hugh, thank you for having me on. Love it.
HH: Well, today’s a big day for you. You’ve got this hard-hitting speech at the Citadel on national security and Islamist radicalism, but you also started a party debate on China this week, and it’s excellent, because it’s going to be a national security election. Before I go to those two issues, though, I have three political questions for you.
SW: Sure. Go…
HH: The first has to do with House Speaker John Boehner, who Wednesday at a fundraiser here in Colorado, I’m here in Colorado at Colorado Christian University, he called Senator Ted Cruz “a jackass.” Now I know you are competing against the Senator, but he’s a friend of mine, and he’s one of the great Constitutional litigators of our times. What do you think of the Speaker’s slam on the Senator?
SW: Well, I think it’s just wrong. I was, I’m in South Carolina today, and I was here at the beginning of the week. Senator Cruz and I and Ben Carson spoke to Congressman Duncan’s event, and even though I don’t know Senator Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I’ve grown to like him and admire him quite a bit on the campaign trail.
HH: Does this rhetoric help at all in the party when people are slamming each other left and right like this?
SW: No, it doesn’t at all, particularly at a time when so many Americans, rightfully so, are frustrated that we can’t get things done in Washington, that people, I’m frustrated, although I think the one thing that’s interesting, some people in the national media think it’s anger. They talk about it with some of the candidates that it’s anger. I don’t. I think it’s a sense of urgency that Americans are urgent. There’s an urgent sense that they want leaders in Washington to actually follow through on the campaign promises they made on the campaign trail. It’s why there’s a growing frustration, for example, that they haven’t put a bill on the President’s desk to repeal Obamacare once and for all. And people can say yeah, sure, in Washington, the President’s going to veto it, but put it on his table, show the American people we have what it takes to get it through the House and the Senate. It’s why I put out a week ago our day one patient freedom plan to show we would introduce a bill on day one, and then lift, get rid of the special carve out that President Obama gave to members of the House, their staff and their families, and now have to live under the provisions of Obamacare. You may them live under that, I believe they’re going to move on it rather quickly. We need people who are going to support people who do just that. Continue Reading