Priebus: A Walker win means trouble for Obama
May 30th, 2012
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Priebus: A Walker win means trouble for Obama

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus framed Tuesday's recall election in Wisconsin as a referendum on the Democratic Party that he said will face further obstacles in the presidential election if incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker is victorious.

"If Walker wins next Tuesday, which we are very confident he will, Obama's going to have a much tougher road ahead in Wisconsin this fall," Priebus said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters of the state Obama won by almost 15% in 2008. "Certainly if Wisconsin goes red I think it's lights out for Barack Obama."

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Priebus, the former Wisconsin GOP chairman, touted his party's ground efforts in the state including field offices, the identification of over 2 million voters in the state and new technology that he said is engaging Republicans across the country in their Badger State efforts.

He also, somewhat mockingly, said he is "looking forward" to seeing the results of the Democratic ground game.

"We're looking forward to see what their top notch ground game will accomplish on Tuesday and what that will mean in November," Priebus said, now that they are "all in" in the state.

His comments come on the same day Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is expected to visit the state on behalf of Democratic challenger and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Wasserman Schultz recently characterized the election as a "test run" for the Democratic ground game ahead of the general election.

"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."

However, Priebus said the president is "more concerned with weighing the political implication of the Wisconsin recall," while Republicans have "made a clear choice to provide the resources and support to Gov. Walker."

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. High profile politicians have visited the state recently, where millions have been spent on ads from local and national groups.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida traveled to the state in recent weeks to campaign for Walker, while Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association, is scheduled to visit the state on Barrett's behalf Thursday.

Recent polling shows Walker up by single digits in the race classified as a toss-up by non-partisan political handicappers Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook.

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Reince Priebus • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If Walker walks away with a win based on the provable evidence that he is NOT on the side of Wisconsinites but in the pocket of the Koch borhters and their brethren then it just means one thing and one thing only: Wisconsinites are easily-duped, amnesiac masochists that deserve what they get.
    Nothing more and nothing less.

    May 30, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Man, but I miss Mike Steele! At least he sounded like he wasn't reading a prepared script from the Koch brothers. By the way, I still think that his name doesn't sound like a Real American name.

    May 30, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Caliifornia Conservative

    FACT: Obama's in trouble no matter what.

    May 30, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. daris

    Please don't let their clown laugh all the way to the bank. Throw this self right est person to curb.

    May 30, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Caliifornia Conservative

    A vote for Obama is a vote for Biden.

    May 30, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. B.

    This countries Political parties are being Purchased by special interests now thanks to the Supreme Court also going Political now!
    The Republicans have a -Divide and Conquer- agenda now as Walker was recorded saying, and is getting moneyed support from Corporations to destroy Unions and other Public institutions in All of the states.

    If Walker keeps his job, you will see the middle class of this country in the streets again.

    Wake up America!

    May 30, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    It warms my true blooded strong American heart to know you've wasted millions of not-hard-earned dollars and your time in a dream that has failed. I am overjoyed at your demise, because you will never see the White House nor know what it’s like to be America’s President.

    Walker is looking out for the smart Democrats and Unions not to keep taking Wisconsin for a ride. By the way, Democrats are the rich, wealthy of our country. You do realize it is Democrats that get all those high paying jobs in investment firms, Wall Street, banks, etc.... because Democrats have the college degrees required for these jobs and not Republicans. I don't even think a Republican teacher in Wisconsin makes the kind of money a Democrat teacher makes in Wisconsin.

    May 30, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Rex in Sarasota, FL

    Wisconsin is now a swing state. It does not mean it has officially gone red yet, but it is now a state that will not be taken for granted by Democrats. Both parties will make a play for Wisconsin, and it'll stretch the Obama campaign's finances a bit.

    May 30, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's a sad day in America when any State like Wisconsin votes in a Governor to work for them only to find out he's working for the Koch Brothers who reside out-of-state. But believe me when I say this to the people of Wisconsin, all this shall come to past as long as God is in control and these devils will bow down to him and not the dollar they so worship.

    May 30, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. pkbkr

    Walker must go! PLEASE, fellow Wisconsinites, get out and VOTE next week! Stand up for fairness. It's not what Walker did or does so much as HOW he did it and does it! And what about the outside interests, richies, spending money trying to buy us off! What could the Koch Bros or other Tea Party People want out of Walker's staying in office? Smells fishy don't you think? Barrett will LISTEN and ACT in the best interests of ALL of us!

    May 30, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. 5041360

    rance is so bright! did he not think that if scotty is defeated – then it would mean big trouble for mitt?

    May 30, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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