Romney reacts to Wisconsin recall vote
June 5th, 2012
11:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney reacts to Wisconsin recall vote

(CNN) - Mitt Romney praised Gov. Scott Walker's win in Wisconsin's recall election, describing Tuesday night's results as a victory for the GOP nationwide.

"Tonight's results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin. Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses," Romney said in a statement.

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The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also called Walker to personally offer his congratulations over the phone Tuesday night, according to a Romney campaign official.

Walker beat back a recall challenge after he signed into law a controversial bill last year to curb collective bargaining rights for most public employees, resulting in mass protests and political backlash.

In Romney's statement, he said the election marked a turning point in the ideological war over spending.

"Tonight voters said 'no' to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and 'yes' to fiscal responsibility and a new direction. I look forward to working with Governor Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans," he said.

The election was also underlined with political implications for the presidential race, as the highly-charged fight raised questions over whether Wisconsin would remain a traditionally blue state this November.

While other high profile Democrats traveled to Wisconsin to campaign on Barrett's behalf, President Barack Obama largely stayed out of the recall contest, most visibly affirming his support in a Monday evening tweet.

Obama's campaign, however, released a statement late Tuesday night, calling the results disappointing but applauding the Democratic-led effort to challenge the governor.

"While tonight's outcome was not what we had hoped for – no one can dispute the strong message sent to Governor Walker. Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites from all walks of life took a stand against the politics of division and against the flood of secret and corporate money spent on behalf of Scott Walker," said the campaign's Wisconsin director, Tripp Wellde.

Wellde pointed to polling data that showed the president faring better than Romney among Wisconsin voters when asked about the general election on Tuesday. According to CNN exit polls, Obama would have carried the state with 54% to GOP candidate Mitt Romney's 42%.

"These data points clearly demonstrate a very steep pathway for Mitt Romney to recover in the state," he said.

- CNN's Ashley Killough and Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Just remember people, Repubs and their billionaire pacs , First the public unions, then the private unions, then the work safety laws, then the minimum wage, then the child labor laws, then the EPA, anyone remember that River in Ohio burning, etc, etc, etc. Just remember, you are next.

    June 6, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Tom from Canonsburg

    This is the real problem in the US election system. This statement applies to both sides of the fence. There is no problem with Texas contributing to National campaigns. I have a serious problem with them donating to local campaigns.

    The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of this and says it's their freedom of speech. So what they have stated is that rich donors have more freedom of speech than the people of any voting district.

    Sorry, but money outside of that voting district should be forbiden to be used in any election. If you are voting at the township level, there should not be money from outside that township influencing that election. Only township registered voters should be allowed to donate. On the state level, the same rule should apply and the same for federal elections. Do any of you believe that the Chinese should be allowed to donate and influence an American election. Why is this any different?

    June 6, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Happy_Days_are_here_again

    BHO -Start packing..... no Hope & no Change is over.

    Romney 2012, Real change is coming to America.

    Not statisfied with that fact.... Boats and Planes are available for you to exit the states.

    You will another chance in 2016 with Hillary C and Debbie W S.

    June 6, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. NameIH8 LIBS

    You dems need to stop your whining. Anyone with half an understanding of math can figure that what walker did worked. Taking a 3.5 billion deficit and now has a 150 dollar surplus gets the picture.

    June 6, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Happy_Days_are_here_again

    Union Thugs LOST!

    Obama turned his back on them.

    Wise up... Change your mind and who you follow.

    He doesn't have your backs. Reality hits home.

    June 6, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    I wonder what is reaction will be when little scotty is indicted later this week. Of course it won't happen until after 4 p.m. Friday when nobody is paying attention, and of course just like a good little repug, he'll blame the "librul media", President Obama, democrats in general, gays, unions, poor people, seniors and pretty much anyone who isn't in the 1%.

    June 6, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Don

    wow the man who stands for nothing. Can anyone tell me one thing Romney actually believes?

    June 6, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. NameEx-Army

    Sorry Mitt This is just another example of how money has corrupted politics. Walker outspent his opponent 10-1 with outside money being a factor. All that money could have been spent to help Wisconsin, Or maybe fix your budget deficit of 143 million!

    June 6, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Squigman

    Mitt: Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Just because a mistake was made in Wisconsin, does not mean it will be repeated on a national level. Regardless, there will come a time, hopefully in the near future, when the people wake up to corporate involvement in elections. When they do awaken to the already eroded freedoms and liberties, hopefully there will be as much effort put forth to fix the democracy, as has been expended on the ruination of it.

    June 6, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. AJ

    Tom from Canonsburg makes a very interesting point. Would you want some big money outside your town or state trying to influence the elections because they have the money? I would not feel comfortable with that. And...where would it stop? Off shore? Think about it.

    June 6, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Bill, NY

    This is where we see how the Supreme Court told us all that elections are for sale translates to reality.

    June 6, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. normajean @ verizon ,com

    The Koch Bros. just bought Wisconsin so now Romney thinks he has it made for Washington......not so fast dude.....the rest of us are not that easily bought and paid we CAN"T AND WILL NOT BE BOUGHT!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Len Smith

    For all of the comments on here that mention that President Obama has not done anything, I suggest they take a look around them. This country is in far better shape than it was 4 years ago, and there are a lot of people in far better shape. Not to say and the President has said it, there are still a lot of hurting people. Thank you President Obama for the good job you have done, without the help of the Republicans in the Congress of the United States. Just like President Clinton who did a good job without the help of the Republicans in the Congress of the United States. A vote for Romney is much like voting for G W Bush, but maybe just a tad better. Check Romney's record in MA.

    June 6, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. bobden

    Who got to count the votes????

    June 6, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. cgs

    Tea Party strikes again.

    June 6, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Where are all the usual libtards in here that said Walker was going down? Crow will be served for lunch promptly at noon. Please don't be late. Large crowds are expected.

    Obama goes bye bye in November so leave room for that large crow.

    June 6, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Happy_Days_are_here_again

    It is apparent, LIB's whine at just about anything. Put a sock in it. Take your medicine.

    REP used your methods and you complain. Give it a rest.

    You have money, Union Thugs, and the WH.... Still couldn't get the job done. Why?

    Walker's policies worked. The state is recovering from the disaster he took on after he was elected. You tried to recall because he said everyone must pay their fair share. By the way, isn't that Obama's line. Well, in Wisconsin – managing and balacncing a budget works. When you DEM's can do that in Washington – we will all vote for your guy.

    Until then.... Try our method. We win!

    Enough said. Have a great day. Congratulations Wisconsin.

    June 6, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Ty

    AMERICAN FOR SALE.............. hIis job record will all come the red. The lies will all come out but it will be to late.

    June 6, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Malory Archer


    Until then.... Try our method. We win!


    Right on Happy_Days! Come November, the dems should robocall all repugs and tell then that if they voted in the repug primaries, they don't need to show up at the polls on November 6. The dems should also get some dem supervisors of elections to hide ballots under their beds until after the election.

    Wisconsin doesn't have a balanced budget. little scotty borrowed $$$ from the fed in order to fake a budget surplus. Moving dollar amounts around is a shell game called a ponzi scheme.

    Enough said. Have a great day. Wisconsin, as a Floridian I feel your pain and pity you for what's coming your way.

    June 6, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. IndeePendant

    What a GROSS BLUNDER in Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision. They have sold the country to Lobbyists and Interest Groups. Bad bunch of people (disre)gaurding the Constitution of the Country.

    June 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Brian

    What we are learning: Corporations are people, and they can buy elections. Romney, a corporate automaton, will be the first man to buy the presidency (already bought the Republican primary and their hypocritical evangelists and the lost tribe of the bought and sold Tea Party). Once Romney is in office, he will owe his corporate masters. Shortly after that, the Republicans will own the Great Depression of 2013.

    June 6, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Michael

    Great day! Now unions get to pay "their fair share" of benefits!

    June 6, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Doug from Seattle

    This is a great day for our country!

    Now that we have public sector employee unions on the run I propose we start repealing minimum wage laws!

    Once we do that we can turn our attention to repealing the affordable health care act.

    Then, after passing a flat federal income tax for everyone and making capital gains taxes zero, we can argue that social security, medicare, and medicaid are no longer affordable!!!

    Then we can repeal all those stifling banking and investment laws. And to restore real freedom to the market place, we can repeal all those inconveient laws against robbing liquor stores (that way everyone up and down the social ladder will have the economic freedom to do what they want)!

    June 6, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. FLIndpendent

    I don't understand the people of Wisconsin, especially the union people that voted for Walker. Don't they realize that this is just a start on a slippery slope and, once the GOP is given a mandate for their agenda, the more they are going to take which means private unions will be their next target. It's a race to the bottom in this country now and it is very scary. The middle class hasn't seen their wages increases in 30 years and that was WITH union representation in this country, so without it we will all become minimum wage slaves as in China & India...just wait & see.

    June 6, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Romney sees this as his green light to put his "vulture" capitalist background to work destroying social security and shifting more wealth from middle class American workers to his wealthy friends and relatives.

    June 6, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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