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. d-dub

    Well said Rahm call him out for what it is, the gop want's to take us back to the 1930's.

    February 22, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. d-dub

    Well said Rahm call him out for what it is, the gop want's to take us back to the 1930's. How that tea thing working out for all the people that voted for this meathead

    February 22, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Gov. Scott Walker is gift for democrats Rahm should happy about that Obama couldn’t fire up his base last November
    Democrats are full enthusiastic now I wish this trend goes up to 2012

    February 22, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Dave IL

    Rahm's alternative is to enact a 9% tax on services rather than stand up to the unions. More of the same philosophy that got us in the current mess.

    February 22, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Bill

    What a joke Rham is – we saw zero cooperation for two years from him and Obama. Stay in Chicago dead fish with the rest of the hoods. We never heard polite word one from Rham and he is acting like the humanitarian of the year.

    February 22, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. rachel

    Go Rahmmy My Wis Gov sounds as arrogant as any dictator I have ever heard.

    February 22, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Inmyopinion

    Oh please, those government employees are taking advantage to what President JFK in 1962 thought was a good thing to give public employee unions the ability to bargain, now they are not bargaining but demanding they be given more than everybody else because as government employees they are privileged and they are even making more money than the private sector. I bet they are the one saying raise taxes on the private sector, on businesses so they can continue to receive all their goodies for free. The only ones that should get all for free, high pay are Police Officers and Fire Fighters. Besides, Obama's healthcare plan is coming soon to everyone and is not like these employees are paying for healthcare at this moment anyways, once the new healthcare plan becomes active everyone will get healthcare so even at that government employees are ahead of all of us. They should be no different, no more privileged than those of us in the private sector and we shouldn't have to pay for them, they should pay like the rest of us pay for their benefits.

    February 22, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Jerry

    This election crook and liar will do anything to ingratiate himself with the voters of Chicago and the nation. However, it may not work. He can fool the ignorant voters of Chicago, but he will be unable to fool the voters of America. And, of course, we have to remember that he and his ex-boss (NObama) are indebted up to their eyeballs to the unions. So, can we expect him to opine otherwise?

    February 22, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Lisa P

    Well, now, this *is* embarrassing. In a mere six weeks Scott Walker and his lock-step Legislature have brought Wisconsin to the point that Rahm Emanuel gets to lecture us on civility and political compromise. Well, not *us*, exactly - the protesters have been more than civil and the unions have already put forward a compromise, but Governor Walker just won't listen. He seems to think that the Fox New audience is more important than his own constituents. I would hold out some hope for some sane Republican legislators to come forward but Tommy Thompson trained them very well to only move in a herd and never, ever think for themselves. I'm sure this is one of the places where the national GOP got the idea - Birthplace of the Republican Party, etc. And of course the Tea Partiers have never been able to think for themselves anyway.

    I'm thinking there is more than a bit of buyer's regret right now from the people who thought they could choose a good Governor based on the commercials that run during a Packer's game. At least among the people who don't think the NHL and NBA standings are far more important than preventing our state from going down the tubes.

    February 22, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Seriously?

    Thank you! I think Chicago will be getting a great Mayor in this guy. . . Too bad I don't live in the city. He would definetly have my vote!!

    February 22, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Feft Leaning Independant

    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 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Rob C.

    WHO CARES what Emanuel thinks? he is just a spoiled carpetbagger and he is in ILLINOIS (dare i say the state near bankruptcy??) not Wisconsin.
    Socialist moron 'never waste a good crisis"....words back at you Emanuel....

    February 22, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. kyle

    Walker is a disgrace to Wisconsin, and to working America.

    February 22, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. LA, LA, LA

    The tea tastes like sewer water Wisconsin, doesn't it?

    February 22, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. gt

    .. yea.. chicago is on such solid ground... not....taxes in the windy city is over bearing ...wait till your mayor then talk..

    February 22, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. JB

    Well said Right leaning Indept-He must have forgot how he and Obama rammed down the healthcare bill when the majority didn't want it and ignore the fact that it is a illegal bill and will be found that way in the US supreme court- What will Obama run on in 2012 well i passed healthcare reform but it was ruled illegal by the US Supreme court but please elect me and give me another chance1 Thank god we have Wlaker in WI and Ill has the idiot.

    February 22, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Glenn M

    Let's look at the basic facts here. Government screwed public workers by promising but not funding their pension contributions and government screwed the taxpayers because they collected the revenue but didn't fund the pension contributions. I agree with the other poster – the effort to force health care law through without providing the public full and transparent disclosure or discussion was not an example of the "understanding and working together ideals" that Emanual lip serviced in the above article.

    February 22, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Right-Leaning Independent: in the words of the Speaker, so be it. They will have picked him. As the 26% of eligible votors in Wisconsin who picked this clown Walker, and the GOP legislature, remember this: they are using a fiscal crisis to break a Union: how does that create jobs? Is Walker attempting to negotiate in good faith? CA and NY have Democratic governors, and you don't see this kind of approach, even with a fiscal house that is far worse than WI. You can negotiate and get concessions without this kind of needless confrontation.

    February 22, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    I keep saying it, but dumb Republicans don't believe it...Arnold tried these shenanigans in California right after the Bush re-election, when Republicans were flying high and then Arnold got his behind handed to him...

    ...and we hadn't heard from him since, no one even knew that he was gone, he'd poke up his head once every 9 months and back to hidding he went...

    ....and if you remember that up to that point (beofre the California Special Election) the Republicans were actually talking about changing the constitution to let a naturalized citizen become a President (AKA Arnold), HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    February 22, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. seebofubar

    Unfortunatly I live in Illinois and may have to put up with this good for nothing moron for a few years. Anyone doesn't agree with what Walker is doing in Wisconsin is just immature and un-informed. The labor unions have been destroying our transportation, education, auto, and construction industries for years. It took a while but most americans have realized it. But they certianly do now! You will to someday.

    February 22, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Way to go Rahm! I've always liked the way you spoke your mind.
    While the whole 'residency' requirement had me in a tangle I wish you much success in your run for mayor, and hope that you continue to serve by aspiring to higher offices.

    February 22, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. willie floyd

    Rt Lng Rep.-It's somewhat difficult to "ram anything down the throats" of a party that fights you at every turn=pty. of no=Greed Over People!

    February 22, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. lynn

    Two years ago the Obama administration did their best to work together with the party of NO. So someone to say programs were "rammed" down the throats of the Republicans is a complete lie. If the Republicans had their way, nothing would have happened, a stalemate is what they wanted to make Obama fail. I'm sick of the right saying he didn't listen to the People. Oh, but he did. He listened to those that said we needed to change the way insurance companies decided who to insure or not. Big business only cares about their profits, not about their workers.

    February 22, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. fayse

    I wish that I were in Chicago, I would definetly vote for Emanue. The far right extremists are destroying my State. We all have the right to vote our choice. Vote out all of the Republicans and recall all of them that you can.

    February 22, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Jonathan

    I am so sick of other people from other states sticking their noses in Wisconsin's business! As Governor Walker said "WE'RE BROKE"...At least He is willing to do something about it.

    February 22, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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