Obama takes heat from GOP in Wisconsin
March 2nd, 2011
11:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama takes heat from GOP in Wisconsin

(CNN) –The Republican National Committee is going up on Wisconsin airwaves with a television ad that blasts President Obama for "standing in the way of economic reform" and "intimidating taxpayers."

One day after Republican Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his budget to rein in the state government's $3.6 billion dollar deficit, the RNC released the ad to urge support for the governor whose cost-cutting bill ignited protests weeks ago.

According to an RNC statement, the ad is designed to showcase "the effort by Democrats and government unions to obstruct Republican reforms to tackle the debt at all levels of government" and slams preparations for Obama's re-election campaign, saying that "he'll spend every penny" of a "billion dollar campaign."

Grouping him with "union bosses" the ad claims that Obama is "intimidating taxpayers" and "leaving classrooms empty" in an effort to rally supporters to "stop Obama and his union bosses today."

Union members flocked to the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison in recent weeks following the introduction of a bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for state workers. The bill has stalled in the state assembly since members of the Democratic delegation left the state and prevented the quorum needed to vote. Walker has called for the legislators to return.

In their statement, the RNC said that "Democrats and their union allies insist on standing in the way of strong Republican budget reforms…With the same union bosses lined up to fund Barack Obama's billion dollar re-election campaign, we must continue to stand with Republican governors across the country." The ad was originally released on the internet but only started airing on paid television Wednesday.

The ad will run through the end of the week in Madison and Milwaukee.

Filed under: President Obama • Wisconsin
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Terri

    The more they do this the better Obama's re-election chances look. Keep it up.

    March 2, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Seriously?

    Have you noticed that almost every Republican out there wants to fiscally cut education in this Country? That is because they like to keep people dumb and uneducated. That's their base and they need it to grow. The last thing we should be cutting in today's world is education. As a matter of fact, it should be one of the top priorities for this Country!

    "Keep em stupid. That keeps us in control and we get to keep ALL our money . . . " Republican sound-bite they didn't want you to hear.

    March 2, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Vic of New York


    People of Wisconsin, don't let these Republican GOONS use the air waves to run the sick Right-Wing narrative to those Zombie followers who have no brains of their own. Fight Back! You have the votes to start the recall of Scott Walker.

    Let the Republican Right-Wing Freak Show know where you stand! ! !

    March 2, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. stubby

    Fine obumma, stick your nose in it....LET THE LAY-OFFS BEGIN!!!

    March 2, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. OneMoreTime

    @terry,va – Again, using Obummie shows you are ODummie!

    March 2, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Liars

    The budget deficit in WI is actually $160 million, not $3.6B. Oddly enough, that's the exact amount Snott Wanker gave away to big business on his third day on the job. The budget will be balanced on the backs of the teachers, firefighters, police officers, sanitation workers, bus drivers and prison guards so the Koch brothers and their Koch whores can take a free ride. When are we going to ask the billionaires to share in our sacrifice? When will they pay their fair share to a country that's been so good to them? Scumbags.

    March 2, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. jenn, philadelphia

    Public sector unions are different. On the state level, the "boss" is the Governor. On the federal level, it's the President. Taxpayers are the "stockholders". No politician, democrat or republican should proclaim to be on the side of the public sector union. The union buys the office holder and we pay the bill, that's the point.

    March 2, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Joan

    This is turning out to be a lose-lose situation for the Republican governor in Wisconsin. If he recants and only takes the financial cutbacks from the unions to balance the budget but doesn't bust the unions, then he will have the wrath of the Tea Party and other Republicans upon him. However, if he does succeed and does indeed break the unions, then he and all
    Republicans will bear that cross during the next elections when the blue collar workers and unions will work extra hard against them. That's an awful lot of voters. He has backed himsellf into a corner because of his ideaology and now can't win either way. He wouldn't compromise and now has to deal with the consequences.

    March 2, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. John Metsopoulos

    So, let see , shared pain. The GOP is pitting the middle class against the middle class. Yet they seem to think we can afford a multi-billion tax cut for the wealthy which we are financing by borrowing from the Chinese.

    March 2, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    if labor unions were like the big oil compaines and the Koch brothers donating mainly to the GOP, you would hear crickets chirpping fronm this bunch. Although President Obama DIDN'T put on his walking shoes and march with the protesters like he said he would, he did the next best thing, spoke out in their favor. And as long as it made the Republicans angry he got his point across loud and clear. Like I said the GOP needs to look at the polling and since they claim they always want to "do the will of the American people" and it cleary shows the public is NOT in favor of this. But this is what the angry voters asked for in Nov.

    March 2, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. w l jones

    All my years I thought we had a !!UNION OF STATES!! held together by the constitution and it appears the conservtive is trying everything possible to disband what we have put in for over two hunderd. Bless.

    March 2, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The GOP is living in a fairy tale world! It would be nice if reality would set in for them!

    March 2, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. kyle

    That balancing the budget crap that the Governor is spewing may work in the puppet states, but I doubt it will work in Wisconsin.

    March 2, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. ZipinSC

    Seems the RNC has been taking their propaganda lessons from the same school that Momar Gadaffi and our buddy Amerditajad (how ever it's spelled) graduated from. So no one else is allowed an opinion except them. If they had it their way, only corporations would have free speech protection under the law.

    March 2, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    So good to know that with the budget cuts in education and infra-structure, Walker will be able to give another $140 million in tax cuts for his buddies.

    March 2, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. dhdh

    Wisconsin GOP: "maybe if we throw enough sand in Americans' eyes, they' ll blame Obama for the disastrous mess we created." Maybe not

    March 2, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Lori in St Pete

    RE: The rethugliban removing biodegradable cups from the congressional dining room: Has anyone looked into which corporation was granted the (no-bid) contract to provide styrofoam cups? If I owned a farm, I'd be willing to bet it that the corporation who will be providing those environmentally unfriendly cups is owned by none other than the koch brothers. The rethugliban – both on the state and local levels got their marching orders at the koch brothers' desert shindig a few weeks ago: Destroy the middle class; sell us your public utilities for pennies on the dollar so we can raise rates exponentailly, and; use our disposable dinner/drinkware products EXCLUSIVELY in government facilites. More details of the koch orders the rethublican received will follow in the coming days/weeks.

    March 2, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Really

    The GOP should learn from the perferct Democratic Party. The Dems never tried to bash President Bush nor did they disagree on anything he did. We should just stand by our President. Gee, the Democrates never took the blame Bush approach and only focused on the issues. Where are all the "Party of No" comments directed towards the Wisconsin Dems who are a no show and are only saying no. I love the hypocricy of it all. It is entertaining. Never will vote for another peson with a (D) after their name again.

    March 2, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Matt Townsend

    The wise reason the President stayed away pretty much from Wisconsin even as the Unions insisted he comes to help them. Walker and the GOP will deflect from their intransigence and lack of ability to compromise and govern (if Walker just took 80% of what he asked for that he has offered, the State would be tranquil and saving money today and making progress).

    March 2, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. American

    Instead of the uber partisans at the RNC, President Obama is on the right side with working families and the majority of Americans who support collective bargaining rights. Godspeed.

    March 2, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. from the bluffs

    Walker's budget includes a RAISE of $10 MILLION for state prosecutors. It also includes de-regulating environmental laws to allow his buddies to develop protected lands here in WI. His "budget repair" bill also allows no-bid purchases of the states' heating and cooling plants and NOT requiring approval from the public service commission. It also gives HIM the authority to appoint 11 of 21 regents on the UW Board Of Regents, a majority. His aim is to privatize the great U. of W. in Madison and Milwaukee to they can raise the tuitions as high as they like, therefore cutting off the chance of middle-class students to attend. The Koch brothers were his biggest contributor. Follow the money, folks.

    March 2, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. mesamick

    The universal right-wing conservative rethuf fear, smear,mock and lie tactic is…If the facts don’t exist to support your position make them up so they do.

    March 2, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Russ from Md

    For those of you how think this is screwing the middle class, think again. First off, the MAJORITY of the middle class do not work for a UNION. Secondly, the governor’s proposal does not take away negotiating rights for pay.

    March 2, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. willie floyd

    I hope all you Dems. on here have already called or e-mailed your congressperson or better yet-John Boehners' ofc. They don't read what's on this blog!! Thanks again all you lazy Dems. who stayed home in 2010, if you do the same in 2012, we're doomed!

    March 2, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Rick

    I just visited the Capitol as I live in Madison, my first visit since our new Governor decided the best way to fix Wisconsin was to pick a fight with all the locals. I have visited our beautiful Capitol many times, starting in elementary school, and never found it closed during the day, even on Sundays.

    The Walker administration have locked all the doors and will not let anybody inside without permission from the Republicans. The cops are pretty cool about it, but you can tell they are not with Walker. They are reading the protest Post-It notes that people are putting on the locked doors.

    If anybody still thinks Walker is not a dictator, you are kidding yourselves. His rule is the law of the jungle, and his only concern is to consolidate and perpetuate his own political power.

    But January 3, 2012 is coming, though not soon enough.

    March 2, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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