Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has had a wildly successful first term by any reasonable measure made by any reasonable man or woman, but that just makes his defeated political opponents and their allies in MSM all the angrier. He was my guest on today’s show, and while we went over the details of Wisconsin’s great turnaround during his tenure and because of his policies –detailed in the new edition of his book Unintimidated– we also spoke about the complicity of Manhattan-Beltway media elites in trying to assist his political opponents.
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The interview audio:
The interview transcript:
HH: The Wisconsin week on the Hugh Hewitt Show continues. Joined now by the governor of that wonderful state, Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker. Governor, I’ve had on Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson this week. It’s like Badger week.
SW: It is a Cheesehead revolution. Yeah, a bunch of my good friends. Ron and I came in together four years ago, he in the United States Senator, obviously, and me as Governor. And Paul Ryan and I grew up down the way about 50 miles to the west of me, and Reince Priebus was about 20 miles to the east. So there must have been something in the water back then.
HH: I know. And Minnesota must have an inferiority complex, because you’ve got four of the key GOP leaders in the country, and Minnesota’s like a wasteland of GOP talent at this point, although Mike McFadden might turn that around. They’ve got a great governor candidate as well. But let’s turn to your race, Governor Walker. I just finished rereading Unintimidated, along with your new Epilogue. You stand for reelection in like 90 days. I don’t know how anyone can make an argument that what you did isn’t working, but what are the Democrats throwing at you?
SW: Oh, they’ve thrown everything and the kitchen sink. Unlike probably any governor in the country, probably any governor in recent memory, they’ve been attacking us since, well, February of 2011, both on TV, they’ve shipped people in, they’ve brought people around. They’ve tried to throw anything and everything at us. And you’re right, we’ve got a great record. We went from the beginning of 2010, the unemployment rate was 9.2%. Last month, it was down to 5.8%. We took a $3.6 billion dollar budget deficit and turned it into a surplus, gave that surplus back to the taxpayers, so $2 billion dollars in tax cuts, cut property taxes. This December, they’ll be lower than they were four years ago. So we’ve got a tremendous story to tell, but this, as you know, is a tough state. Even with Paul Ryan on the ticket, we didn’t carry it two years ago. In fact, the last time a Republican has carried the state for president was literally 30 years ago when Paul and I were in high school in 1984. So it’s a tough, tough state to win in. We’re going to win, but it’s going to be close. Continue Reading