Former President Clinton jumps into Wisconsin recall election
May 31st, 2012
01:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Former President Clinton jumps into Wisconsin recall election

(CNN) - Call out the big gun.

Former President Bill Clinton will head to Wisconsin Friday to campaign on behalf of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state's recall election next Tuesday.

The Democratic National Committee announced the former president's trip to Wisconsin Thursday afternoon. A press release put out by the Barrett campaign later Thursday indicated that Clinton and Barrett would team up at a rally in Milwaukee Friday afternoon.

Clinton will be the most high profile Democratic surrogate to travel to Wisconsin to campaign for Barrett. As of now, there are no plans for President Barack Obama or Vice President Joe Biden to travel to Wisconsin prior to next Tuesday's election.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC Chair, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, both campaigned in Wisconsin Wednesday. A number of high profile Republicans, including Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bob McDonnell of Virginia, and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida have all recently campaigned in Wisconsin with Walker. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley teams up with Walker in the state Friday.

The most recent non-partisan polls released over the past week indicate Walker with a single digit advantage over Barrett, who won his party's primary earlier this month, setting up a rematch with Walker from the 2010 election, that the Republican won by five points.

Wisconsin voters will cast ballots in the recall contest to decide whether to remove Walker from office following last year's bitter battle over his push to limit the collective bargaining rights of state public employee unions.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Angie

    Not even Bill Clinton can help in Wisconsin – the economy there is doing so well thanks to Gov Walker, those are the hard facts. Gov Walker will win.

    May 31, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    CNN keeps refusing to mention that the alleged "Walker lead" is based on a poll taken BEFORE the debate where Walker got his clock cleaned by Barrett.

    May 31, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. daris

    They send out the big guns to let the people know that we're with them. Because if we don't every governor and mayor will try to break unions.

    May 31, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Don

    Union Power at it's highest.
    I voted for Walker and I will vote for him again. I don't want the State Union workers to control Madison. That's what they did in the past and as a taxpayer I don't want it anymore.
    I have nothing against any union other than the STATE UNION who controlled the elected officials in Madison. We the people/taxpayer in Wisconsin want it to end.

    May 31, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. TJeff1776

    ANYONE not belonging to a UNION makes little money....period. EVERYTHING is unionized......AMA, ABA, etc etc call themselves "Associatiojns"...bit they are unions in every meaning of the word. The Federal government, States, Counties, Cities, etc etc....even families are unions. ANYONE trying to do away with someone else's union is attempting to take advantage of that person or ghroup....for sure. Don't allow Sneaky-Pete Walker to take advantage.

    May 31, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. WisMan80

    Willie "One Eyed" Clinton will not help Tom Barrett win this election.

    May 31, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Brian

    Hey Walker, where are all those jobs the companies promised after getting your tax cut?

    What's that? They took all the money and laughed all the way to the bank? Huh, who would have thought!?

    I'm sure we can raid someone else's pension for more

    May 31, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Sorensen

    If Wisconsin is not intelligent enough to throw out sleazeball Walker, then they do not deserve better.

    May 31, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Linda

    While the recalls started with Walker's assault on workers and bargaining rights, there are many more important issues that don't get reported. He lied to Wisconsin and even to Congress while under oath, he has been caught on camera and tape saying he would "divide and conquer" Wisconsin, he has created a civil war that has divided friendships and families. He has rewarded friends and cronies with political appointments at higher salaries than the civil servants who held those positions before. He has given tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations while cutting essential services to seniors, the disabled, veterans. There is still an ongoing investigation where five members of his staff have already been indicted, several on serious felony charges. Public workers had offered to make contributions to pension and health plans, but Walker said that wasn't good enough. That public workers had offered up contributions seldom gets reported, they are still vilified as greedy and evil even while the state budget is in good shape from those contributions. And there's so much more to the story here, this is only the tip of the iceberg. What's sad is Walker could have balanced the budget without this civil war, and if he wins the recall we fear a new scorched earth policy designed to drive down earnings of not just public workers but the entire middle class. What Walker is doing is not for the citizens of Wisconsin, but the wealthy contributors who want to drive down the standard of living for all middle class workers. Be aware, these changes are coming to other states through organizations like ALEC, it has already started in Ohio and a few others. I Mistakenly voted for Walker and I'm so sorry. I'll be voting for Barrett in the recall. I'll never, ever vote again without researching everything I can find out about a candidate.

    May 31, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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