Defiant Wisconsin governor says time to stand up and tell the truth
February 27th, 2011
12:54 PM ET
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Defiant Wisconsin governor says time to stand up and tell the truth

(CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to the airwaves Sunday, defending his call to limit collective bargaining rights in his state because "actions speak louder than words."

The embattled first-term Republican, whose proposal has touched off a fierce nationwide debate and a series of rallies, brought his arguments to NBC's "Meet the Press."


Filed under: Scott Walker • Wisconsin
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  1. bob

    He refused to answer questions and didn't tell the truth.

    February 27, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Chris

    Those on the right keep saying "What part of 'WE'RE BROKE' don't liberals understand?"

    "WE'RE BROKE" – Didn't stop Walker from adding $140 million dollars in tax cuts for the rich and corporations that were not included in the budget.

    "WE'RE BROKE" – and yet Walker completely left untouched those employees making the highest salaries or the groups that contributed to his campaign. Instead he went after teachers who make less than plumbers.

    "WE'RE BROKE" – and the Unions have agreed to have every single one of of Walker's financial demands. But Walker still wants to take away collective bargaining rights – becaue it is really all about destroying unions and using "financial restraint" as a smokescreen..

    February 27, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Bessy

    This guy is such a liar ! Just listen to the tape of what he told the man he thought was his rich friend. He has one plan and one plan only, " bust the unions ". If he manages to pull that off he then sees himself as the president contender against Obama. He should be put out of office as soon as the people of Wisconsin can legally do so.

    February 27, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Billy

    Nothing Walker is doing is aimed at reducing Wisconsin's debt. Maybe he should start telling the truth. Anyone who supports Walker is either extremely rich or blinded by team sport politics.

    Wake up people and stop acting against your own self-interests.

    February 27, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. vic nashville tn

    “Stood up and told the truth only on Prank call” Gov. Scott Walker

    February 27, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Mark

    I don't believe The United States is out of money.
    The questions Americans must stand up and demand an answer to is WHERE THE HELL IS THE MONEY? And who's stealing it.
    But instead, we go on believing anything that's told to us. And wait patiently to see if Linsay Lohan is going to jail or not.

    February 27, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. terry, va

    Go Gov Walker. Tell the dumbocraps to shut up and sit down. As Obummie told the repubs on the health care bill. He won and shut up. That's the way it works dumbocraps. Walker is in charge so piss off !!! Obummie will get defeated for his policies in 2 years. Maybe Walker will, but I think not.

    February 27, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Ted

    Americans across the country should show up at the next Bilderburger Group gathering, and camp out until we get some
    damn answers as to why they are allowing a new world order to manifest itself our backs. Sleep tight folks. While the
    Republicans rewind this country back to the 1930's. But who can bother to think. The Oscars are tonight. Right?

    February 27, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Scott CA

    Micheal Lewis on Fareed Zakaria just reminded us how this recesson began (corrupt bankers and mortgage brokers).
    Why are teachers now being blamed for all of this country's problems?

    February 27, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Len

    He cut taxes for the upper two percent. He puts all the blame on the unions, who have said they will support the cuts to their pensions and health care, but they cannot give up collective bargaining. Sounds like they want to help. Sounds like the Governor wants to bust the union. He sounds like he does not trust anyone,,,,,,surprise the people do not trsut him. USA/Gallup poll......61% of the American people say he should not take away collective bargaining.....52% of the Wisconsin population says he should not take away collective bargaining.....The Democratic senators are doing their jobs...they are standing up for American workers. I am also tired of them saying, unions give money to the democratic party......BIG BUSINESSS gives millions upon millions to Republicans....America please wake voted for people who will take away things that you need. You voted against your own needs!!!!

    February 27, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. vic nashville tn

    @ Chris I love your comments

    Here in Tennessee they came to power saying we are broke, we can’t go on like this we have to fix it
    How they are fixing

    End teacher collective bargaining
    U.S. presidential candidates to prove to the state of Tennessee that they were born in US
    To Make Islamic Law Illegal

    Already in law that “Requiring city and county jails in the state to report any person who may be in violation of immigration laws to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement”.
    Still they want to copy cat SB 1070

    February 27, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. OneMoreTime

    @Chris – Right on, and can I just add the no-bid contracts to sell Wisconsin's power plants? More power (literally to the
    Koch Bros), remind of you anything? Like the no-bid contracts to Halliburton/Cheney in Iraq?

    February 27, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. darrell

    Again, just a refresher course: Clinton gave GWB a clean, healthy budget- can you say surplus boys and girls. GWB and his Republican friends broke the the we have idiots like Walker who believes by braking the unions it will make everything do these two things go together: the Republican party is clueless about on how to run an type of governmental budget. Final thought: many of you working class, conservative white men, who own guns, and earn less than $100 K a year, truly believe this stuff the Republicans/Rush/Beck/Palin are feeding you about taking "back your county"...while their incomes increase and yours continue to decrease, do you believe that you will get a piece of the pie? Do you believe they are interested in sharing their wealth with you? If you answer yes to either one or both of these questions, I have a bridge in NY that I want to sell to you.

    By the way, its not your country...its the United States of America, where whites, African-American, Asians, Native Americans and Hispanics worked and died together to make America was not one race or one gender...I truly hope someday you will understand that fact.

    February 27, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Phil in Oregon

    Why is everyone so down on the GOP? This budget-cutting could have been handled by the Democrats just as easily, if they decided to do it. It has to be done, and it's happening in a GOP-controlled time. They will keep what hey consider important, and toss what hey don't. It's how Democracy has always worked(except that up until now all of them simply spent more on their own projects). There will be cuts. The GOP has to be THE BAD GUY and do the pruning. Get over it.

    February 27, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Albo58

    Public Unions finance Dimwit politicians so of course neither want to end this Ponzi scheme! The biggest problem with this arrangement is that they are taking taxpayer money to finance their "just cause". This particular Governor is sticking to his guns so naturally the lib press is trying to paint him as a villain, but he truly is a hero!

    February 27, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. A True Centrist

    "Anyone who supports Walker is either extremely rich or blinded by team sport politics."

    Actually, I'm neither rich nor a Republican but I fully support Governor Walker on this issue. I work hard for a living, and am sick and tired of union employees manipulating and bankrupting the system. It's that simple. I'm sick and tired of teachers complaining about making $70k for 8 months of work. I'm sick of cops getting a mandatory 4 hours overtime for testifying at trial. I'm sick of the car unions bankrupting the car industry here in America. And most of all, I'm sick of the union thugs trying to push everyone else around.

    February 27, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. John

    Republican hated the Union because they are the biggest contributors to the Democratic party.

    February 27, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |