Wisconsin's still a national fight
May 29th, 2012
10:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Wisconsin's still a national fight

(CNN) – The national spotlight will continue to shine on Wisconsin this week with additional national political figures taking to the Badger State to support their nominees in the gubernatorial recall election.

Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will stump for incumbent Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday. Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz visit the state Wednesday on behalf of Walker challenger and Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

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Walker and Barrett will face-off in a June 5 election, the culmination of a two year fight over collective bargaining rights for public employee unions. Both parties have cast the debate as a larger referendum on the role of government and polices supported by both parties.

Recent polling suggests Walker holds an advantage over Barrett, following months of funds channeled into the state from national groups and a consistent barrage of advertising.

The Republican Party and conservative groups have spent approximately $8.6 million to run commercials in the state, according to data from Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, a company that tracks and estimates the costs of campaign ads running on the air. Democratic Party groups have spent over $5 million in the lead up to Election Day.

Walker has welcomed a consistent influx of national Republicans, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, to the state as part of a largely unified GOP effort in the general election battleground.

Democrats insist they too are focusing on the race as evidenced by their ground operations. On Tuesday, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, announced it raised an additional $100,000 for then Wisconsin Democratic Party's field operations

Although Wasserman Schultz said Sunday she thinks Barrett has a "real opportunity" to oust Walker, she characterized the recall as a "test run" following new polling that shows President Barack Obama ahead of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"It's given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do the dry run we need of our massive, significant dynamic grassroots presidential campaign," the Florida representative said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

The candidates sparred Saturday in their first debate in the race with Barrett attempting to paint Walker as a divisive "rock star" in the tea party movement who tore the state apart on behalf of his national political ambitions. Walker framed his decision as necessary to restore the state's fiscal well-being.

Republicans maintain the 2011 bill was necessary to close the budget shortfall and control the skyrocketing costs of public employee benefits, while Democrats argue it was an attempt to gut public-sector labor unions, one of their core constituencies.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bob McDonnell • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • Scott Walker • Tom Barrett • Wisconsin
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Bill

    If that reprobate Walker does win the recall, then the people of Wisconsin deserve everything that happens to them. Bottom line, cut teachers, education, public safety works and balnce the books on the backs of the middle class. If that is what Wisconsinites want, then by all means vote for Walker.

    May 29, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. jim

    One can only hope, if the Democrats lose and run off to Illinois again, would they please stay there and let Wisconsin get back to business in stead of sour grapes.

    May 29, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Larry L

    Walker is quickly flushing Wisconsin down the toilet. Business does well where union workers have a voice in the process.

    May 29, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Jrdz

    Still to close to call just going to have to wait and see which base has the biggest turnout. It may not matter for walker once the John Doe Case Breaks Wide Open.

    May 29, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Barry Dingle

    Going to be fun to watch the libs try to rationalize this defeat. I wonder if Ed Schultz is going to take his MSNBC show live to Wisconsin the night of the election like he did last time? Just another instance of the lib media presenting a story with a completely false spin. I thought this was going to be a "huge referendum" on the "right wing" policies? Tuns out middle america is far closer to "right wing" then the lib media ever wants to admit.

    May 29, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz had said she would visit the state Tuesday on behalf of Walker challenger and Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, but a DNC spokeswoman said she will no longer travel there Tuesday."
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    Mushmouth-Schultz probably got a gander at the polls and figured it was probably better to stay out of dodge.

    May 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Tex71

    If Walker keeps his job after all he has done to betray the interests of his constituents and to destroy the middle class in the state that gave birth to the Republican party back when it was a progressive organization – it will be a nail in the coffin of America. How can a nation lead the free world if freedom is a luxury only the few can afford?

    May 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Obvious Guy

    Has anyone ever questioned how accurate "polls" can be when you consider that most if not all election polling is done by calling the landlines of people? How many young people, who will be voting democrat, still use landlines? On the other hand, how many of these polls are done by calling cell phones? Think about it...

    May 29, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. MTATL67

    HA, HA, HA the Ultrasound Governor campaigning for the most corrupt governor in mondern America....This says so much about the mess the Republican party is in.

    May 29, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. george of the jungle

    vote all republican out !!!

    May 29, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Mark

    Walker certainly cannot win on his record. He depends on the tens of millions by billionaires and other crooked Republicans who support him. All the Republicans tend to hang together, trying to destroy the states and nation. Voters must fight back against them. The ads that are run are dishonest, lies and untruthful, but that is the why Republicans try to win. They don't have an agenda to help the people, just one to destroy them, take away their rights. Vote smart WISC.

    May 29, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Wisconsin tell the story of how money buys politicians and elections and much of it is outside money. This tells the story of how rich Republican- packs use their money to stomp-out reason, to influence the voters with overwhelming, not necessarily true political ads and do everything possible to stop a democratic voting system of fair play. History tells us that we get the government we deserve – Heaven help the good people of Wisconsin.

    May 29, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. george of the jungle

    hey they can use the casino money donated to mitt to help. I guess it is ok to use gambeling money if your a mormon. That should help this scumbag walker screw the people some more. Vote all repos out or you will have to find a new state this one won't be fit to live in.

    May 29, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. MaryM

    Walker is a failure as a person and as a governor. What type of governor wants to divide and conquer the good people of Wisconsin. AND why does walker need a defense fund, HUH? did he do something really bad?> I think so !!
    VOTE this poc out of office now.

    May 29, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Obamamnesty

    Walker is doing and has done exactly what he said he would do! But unions are not happy with the election. So they demonize and polarize the state. What will the unions come up with next after they lose. Wisconsin has benefited from Walkers laws he signed. Public unions have got to be controlled! Go Walker!

    May 29, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. MaryM

    Vote this poc walker out of office now

    May 29, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |