Emanuel takes aim at Wisconsin governor
February 22nd, 2011
12:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Emanuel takes aim at Wisconsin governor

Washington (CNN)– CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King caught up with Rahm Emanuel Tuesday in Chicago as the former top Obama aide did some last minute campaigning for mayor.

Emanuel – who is poised for victory in the mayoral election Tuesday – said he disagreed with the way Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is handling that states' budget crisis:


"The Wisconsin model I totally reject. It's not about a cooperative, coming to a resolution together with an understanding and respect. That's not about fiscal issues, it's about politics, and here we're gonna deal with our fiscal issues by being honest with each other, straight forward and on a level of respect to work out the agreements that are necessary to put our fiscal house in order so our economy can grow. That's the goal here. What Wisconsin's doing is Wisconsin and it's not what we want to do in Chicago because there's no respect, no sense of cooperation, no sense that we all have a vested interest in working something out."

"Here in Chicago we have a vested interest of working together, finding agreement together, put our fiscal house in order, get our schools strong, get our street safe, so we can make sure that our residents here – it is a city that a middle class family can send their kids to school and feel safe on the street," Emanuel also said.

The full interview will appear on John King, U.S.A. at 7 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Rahm Emanuel • Scott Walker • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    I wish I lived in Illinois and could vote for Emanuel! Thanks for standing with democracy and against the governors building Fascism!

    February 22, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Ben Ben

    Wisconsin – How do you like your "tea" now? LOL!!!! You get what you vote for!

    February 22, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists

    Well said Rahm. The Dictator Walker is playing politics. The fascist republicans give tax breaks to the wealthiest people and then turn around and what the middle class to flip the bill. The trickle down economic theory has been tested and it doesn't work. Dictator Walker came into office with a SURPLUS. Now the state has a DEFICIT. Identical to our former president.

    February 22, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. ABM

    Wow- that is a lesson to the Gov. RahmBo will make an excellent Mayor and I hope he seeks higher office.

    When is working together such a hard thing to do? After listening to the Gov. this morning he has no intention of negotiating or discussing the matter. He has certainly displayed that it's his way or the highway. Shame those folks have to wait 9 months before they can recall that guy.

    February 22, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    Is he joking??? Has he already forgotten his two years in the Obama administration where they rammed everything down the Repubs throats?? He is the biggest hypocrite walking on the earth today!! The sad part is that Chicago will probably elect this moron...

    February 22, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Sean P

    Well said Mayor-Elect Emanuel!

    February 22, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Dead Fish should mind his own business.

    February 22, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. ABM

    I think this whole fiscal mess will get people off the sidelines finally and start paying close attention to what local, state, and federal government is doing. Glad to see someone running for office willing to LISTEN and negotiate but this trend is mainly with the Dems. I do not see this trait from the GOP. 2012 will see a reverse of 2010. Get out and vote – be vocal – respect one another.

    February 22, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Right Leaning Independent

    Walker for President 2012!!! This guy understands how to end the decades of Dems spending and bad politics in Wisconsin. Now if we can get him in the White House to work on the rest of this countries fiscal issues!!!

    February 22, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Rahm-mind-Chicago...!

    All Walker wants to do restore democracy in the union-dictatorship....period.....!!!

    February 22, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Translation: If Emanuel is elected in Chicago, forget about budget cuts...tax increases will be the solution to everything.

    February 22, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Spending our Way to Financial Collapse

    Who cares what this little troll says or thinks? It's none of his business. When the little troll learns how to balance his own budget, he'll earn some credibilty on the topic.

    February 22, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. realitybites

    Correction: "does anyone have anything constructive to say?" By the way thanks to those that did. One and done in Wisconsin. Can you say political suicide? I see a pattern, the NEW US congress dashes it'self aginst the cliff of Healthcare repeal and bugetary cuts and so on an so forth on a local level from state to state. It's gotta make conservative nervous to fight their way into a deep canyon only to see themselves surrounded. Good luck w/ your short lived victory.

    February 22, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Dave, Central Illinois

    The Chicago lemmings will vote this big-mouthed slug into office and the rest of the state will have to subsidize even more corruption in Chicago. I wish Cook and Dupage counties would break away and form North Illinois. The rest of the state would be far better off....

    February 22, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Susan

    I think Scott Walker is brillent and the Teachers Union is the worst is has been in my life time. I am glad there is a Govenor such as Govenor Walker. Finally someone who will stand up to Unions. I am ashamed at what the Teachers Union is all about these days. There business seems to be everything but eduction. The way dues are handled is wrong and teachers who have to pay such outlandish dues should be grateful they have a Govenor Walker to bring the Unions back to some sensibility.

    February 22, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. UrAverageJoe

    @Right Leaning Independent – The Dems didn't Ram anything down the Repubs throat! That's just a right wing, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News talking point. The FACT that you are not aware that the proposals in the health care bill had been around for 30 years doesn't mean it was rammed thru. Over a year of deliberations is not 'ramming it thru'. The FACT that the health care proposal that passed was essentially the same one the the Republicans put forward in the early 1990s as a response to Clinton's proposal means it wasn't rammed thru. The fact that republican CHOSE to not partiicipate in discussions because they were more interested in winning elections then helping the nation doesnt mean things were rammed thru. The Wisconsin proposal had less than 3 days of debate – THAT is ramming things thru.

    February 22, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. FM

    I feel sorry for the people in Wisconsin. Scott Walker is bulldozing them. He is just giving orders and not allowing them to voice their concern. It is bad as he destroys their molarity!

    February 22, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. diridi

    Do not worry about the idiot of Wisconsin...good luck, buddy....good luck....o.k....GOP thugs are idiots, plain idiots who messed America like crazy....we should have been self independent of oil....look, what is happening...All middle-east want democracy....GOP idiots are fighting for positions, and mess of America...shame, on GOP thugs...

    February 22, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. donkey party

    To Right Leaning Independent –

    If you believe the Democrats "rammed everything down the Repubs throats", then I have some lovely beachfront property in Nebraska you may be interested in.

    February 22, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. jim

    Fire all the teachers and do away with all state teacher benefits moving forward – then go luck finding someone to teach your silly children.

    After all, what good is education in this country if the US government allows corporations to ship all the US jobs overseas? What difference does it make? – there will be no jobs for those who finish school !!!! Ha Ha Ha !!!!

    Maybe we can bring in teachers from other countries to teach your children. US corporations bring in foreigners all the time do the work that should go to americans. Your teachers can work for pennies and your children can have a penny education.

    Again, What difference does it make? – there will be no jobs for americans anyway.

    ha -----– ha. Screw America !!!

    February 22, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Yolanda

    Hey Rahm, just like you did with health care reform, right??? Were you able to keep a straight face while you said, " Cooperative, coming to a resolution together with an understanding and respect"? Wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    February 22, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Shawn

    Emanuel and obama pushed through the health care bill even though a majority of Americans did not want it. they claimed it was the best for the country. Gov Walker is doing what he thinks is right for his state and a majority of his people agree. Where is the difference.

    February 22, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Turn out the lights, Rahm has got this election all the way. The governor of Wisconsin is forming his own dictatorship so it's time to bring our military out of the Middle East to stop Republicans before it spreads across our nation.

    February 22, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Sara, Wisconsin

    Thanks, Rahm! We need some support up here.

    February 22, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. John G

    Considering he's doing his best to try to buy his position I wouldn't be talking if I were him.

    February 22, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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