Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on 2012: I’m biased
August 30th, 2011
08:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on 2012: I’m biased

(CNN) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a soft spot for fellow chief executives – especially those competing to become the 2012 GOP presidential nominee.

“As you can imagine, I have a bias towards governors,” he said Tuesday during an interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

“I think chief executives, whether it is a mayor, a county executive, a governor, ultimately on your way up to president, I think that’s been a pretty proven theory over time.”

Walker’s affinity for governors translates to his 2012 preferences as he admitted, “That gives me a bias towards both Gov. Romney and Gov. Perry.”

When comparing the two, Walker sees distinct differences, especially concerning the hot topic of the economy.

He recalled Democratic consultant and CNN Contributor James Carville’s ’92 catchphrase “It’s the economy, stupid,” and placed it at the center of 2012 campaign debate.

According to Walker, who has faced criticism for his own method of battling Wisconsin’s budget deficit, the type of economic approach that both candidates may take is what separates the two.

“Gov. Romney, I think his experience when it comes to jobs, in the private sector, turning businesses around, the Olympics (and) Gov. Perry more as the governor … When I look at what Rick's done in Texas, and what they've done with the economy, if I was him, if I'm running for president, and I'm Rick Perry from Texas, I talk about the economy every single day,” Walker said.

And he offered advice to the longest-running Texas governor saying, “You ask me what my mother's name is, I'd say look what we did in Texas with jobs. Because, that's the issue in this election.”

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Mindie in Indie

    of course a republican governor would have a bias for another republican governor. Good Grief. Isn't Walker up for recall? Shows how much the people support this thug.

    One thing Obama has that NONE of the current contenders have is POTUS EXPERIENCE. No GOP candidate can top that.

    August 30, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    As a Governor I would be embarrassed calling myself a Governor and praising what another Governor has done for his state with no proof of what you've done for your State. Exactly what does that say about you as a Governor, not too much.

    August 30, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Mindie in Indie

    We all know about the minimum wage with no benefits jobs Perry created in Texas. [side note: would you want one of those jobs?] We all know how Perry took Obama's stimulus money all the while critizing Obama for it. We all know Perry practically flunked out of high school and college. [side note: How did Perry get into college with such low grades? Should we demand his college transcripts.] We all know what Governors from Texas are capable of.
    We all know this.
    It is quite frightening to think another Republican hell bent on destroying our America could be 'voted' back into office.

    August 30, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. ath

    If the truth be known, Perry and Walker walk and govern hand in hand. Maybe Walker will accept Perry's VP nod. Lord have Mercy on all of this nation if that were to happen. I say that because Walker will be out of job sooner than later when the "recall" buttom comes around.

    August 30, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So, should Perry's talk about the economy include his wasting of the budget surplus they had in Texas? Should he talk about the job growth he did nothing to create because the Army decided to move troops to Texas from other bases that didn't suit their needs, and bring their families along? Should he talk about the property taxes they have lost due to the housing bubble collapsing? SHould he talk about the successful funding of the school systems where kids have to share books because the districts cannot afford to buy one per student? Should he talk about his secessionist words on the one hand while asking for federal help for drought relief on the other? If these are his successes, then I sure would hate to hear about his failures.

    August 30, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. thomas

    How did this guy become Governor ?

    The same way Perry and Romney did , corporate money !
    And we all know Enron's all about people .
    Corporations

    August 30, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Craig

    Shocker. The second worst governor in the country supports the worst governor in the country and a former clown of a governor. These three have a combined IQ of 8.

    August 30, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    We in Wisconsin are bias about our jerk of a governor Wacko Walker! He's been in office now for over 7 months and given $650,000,000 to corporations and talked about their job creation. ( That money was stolen from the education of our children!) Our unemployment rate has gone from 7.4% to 7.8% and he says he created 59,500 jobs. It must be that new republican math.?

    August 30, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    Wacko Walker has got to go! Recall, Recall, Recall!

    August 30, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. AW

    Walker needs to worry about hie own political career that may come to an end in 2012!

    August 30, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. BB

    In 2012 when Walker finds himself in the unemployment line after his recall, he can come down here to Texas and get one of these Rick Perry minimum wage jobs with no health insurance.

    August 30, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. cindy

    The only thing you seem to do well is destroy America and turn it into a 3rd world country. Remember this: Ye reap what ye sow.

    August 30, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  13. Colleen

    Someone needs to tell Scott Walker there is no "H" at the end of the word height!

    August 30, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. Bobby Ray

    Of course Walker loves Perry, they both love low paying jobs in their respective states. Walker Rammed through a law cutting wages for all public employees (except elected officials) in his state, and Texas has the highest percentage on minimum wage jobs in the nation. If you love working for not much money, these guys are the cream of the crop.

    August 30, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. shirlene parsons

    I lost a lot of respect for Piers Morgan tonight as I watched him interview Gov. Walker. Wouldn't a few questions about who bankrolled him into the governorship have been appropriate? The agenda he has from the Koch brothers should have been mentioned. He gave tax breaks to the moneyed people while taxing ordinary people. There are a lot of problems in this country and we need tough questions,not the soft ones he asked!

    August 30, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. ObamaCares

    He lines up with the other fools who want to make America a weaker nation. It's time to recall this nut.

    August 30, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Terry Gloege

    He's biased allright, just ask any teacher, police officer, or state employee.

    August 30, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. kakaraka

    What we did in Texas with jobs? We create minimum wages jobs without health insurance for workers while corporations reign in profits records. Is that the kind of jobs americans need? Hell no. Go away Perry with your corporate buddies and Koch brothers who want to exploit the middle class by paying them minimum wages without benefits while receiving billions of taxpayers federal funds to balance budget. It's about time people know about these.

    August 30, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  19. Joan Schneider

    Dear Piers,
    I watch you show a couple of times each week and I must tell you that the second part of your show tonight made me sick.Here is why: You didn't ask Scott Walker one hard ball questions like you have for many guests, you must not have done much research on this fellow other than one short video on a protest, you never talked about any specifics on the effect of his actions. WI is a stae with a great political tradition and we seldom see protests of any size. What in the heck do you think would bring people out in VERY cold weather to protest? Why would there be protests all over this State? How about at least one question about the KOCH brothers phone call in which Walker actually said they thought about bringing his protestors to cause trouble? Why do you think the police in WI generally have had great things to say about the millions of protestors. I am sorry to say I never thought I could be this angry about an interview on any show let alone your show. I need to hear from you concerning why this was such a cake walk and why you didn't cover much of what this Gov. actually did. How about why would 14 senators leave your state? How about winning 5 recall elections to his 4 recall elections?? Sorry, but you not only missed the boat you weren't even near the water! I sure feel you must please give some thought to this and I would really appreciate an answer. Thank you Joan Schneider a 68 year resident of WI.

    August 30, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. Reggie from LA

    Why don't you take your lyin', union bustin', Koch lovin' snake oil and sell it to somebody who wants to hear it. There are hateful enough among us for Walker to drum up a crowd I suppose...which quite frankly is amazing. People are as ignorant as rocks to buy into and support Walker's brand of leadership. A bought and paid for assault on teachers and unions. Fools, unions are demonized as a common practice of employers so they get you to do the same then skinflint you on payday and in your benefits. Nice little template Walker created for the other governors he loves so much and who were SUMMONED TO Colorado by the Kochs for more plans on how to rip workers off. Oh ye of little intellect.

    August 30, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  21. Henry

    And as a anti-GOP voter I am biased against this clown and against the rest of the Republican Party. What a bunch of evil fools.

    To the Democrats in the house and senate, as well as those occupying the White House, you are a bunch of cowards. You talk a good game about standing with the common man but then, when your help is needed, you stand silent. I almost hate you as much as I hate Republicans.

    August 30, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. chris

    where is the community organizer? oh that's right. you need to be a liberal to get into the white house with a community organizer background.

    August 30, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  23. Chrisg510

    Ask the good people of Wisconsin what they think about this dirtbag

    August 30, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Larry L

    Surely he'll find somebody who hates the working people of the country, is a closet bigot, a closet something else, and is dishonest enough to accept corporate money and serve as their lap dog. It would be even better if that person was a folksy moron who relates well with the trailer park crowd and eats a corn dog like Elton John on speed. Rick Perry comes to mind...

    August 30, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Perry's jobs are mostly minimum wage that don't really have a chance to rise. Walker really doesn't show that he is a good example because he has tried (and is doing) to balance the state budget on the backs of middle class workers. If the government won't allow collective barginning, then why should the private sector? It will hurt workers and the lower and middle classes. Many of these Republicans don't seem to care about the working people and only care about the corporations that fund their campaigns.

    August 30, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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