Former President Clinton jumps into Wisconsin recall election
May 31st, 2012
01:38 PM ET
10 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)

    Lead the charge Pres. Clinton. We must get Walker recalled to send a message to the rest of these states with republican governors that if you wage a war against workers, we'll make sure you end up without a job.

    May 31, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Mitt

    Walker is bought and has sold his soul to the Devil Corporations.

    May 31, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. RightyTighty

    They roll out Slick Willy to tell the people of Wisconson that saving tax payers 1 BILLION so far and lowering unemployment is a bad thing. The unions have wasted millions fighting this losing battle because they are wrong and Scott Walker is right.

    May 31, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Luke Brown

    We in South Carolina would love it if Governor Walker could persuade Governor Haley to visit South Carolina and actually do her job.

    PS .. Scotty, remember that Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney just before Newt Gingrich won the state's primary in a landslide.

    May 31, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Bill

    Go get 'em Bubba!! Send that loser Walker packing.

    May 31, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Larry L

    President Clinton knows how to make an economy work and how to support the interests of the working class. This election draws the line between working people and the fat-cats who now control the Republican Party. President Clinton's wisdom is sorely needed in Wisconsin.

    May 31, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    well it's ABOUT TIME. If the Democrats want to win this election they are going to have to learn to fight like Republicans do and they fight DIRTY. The nicey/nicey stuff don't work all the time and nobody knows this better as a Democrat than Bill Clinton. Walker has had practically all the GOP "stars" up there with him from Palin to Romney and his mouthpiece FoxNews along with Koch Brothers money to try to keep his job. So far the Democrats have Big Eddy from MSNBC and that's about it. Might be too little too late for them though.

    May 31, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Bubba looks like he could benefit from a turkey sandwich... for crying out loud he looks amost emaciated. Hope all is well with him...

    May 31, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. BILL, WI

    Exactly what is it about the electoral process that Pres Clinton does not like. Gov Walker made it clear during the primary what he was going to do. His execution of his plan left a lot to be desired, but that does not give the Wis Senate Dems the right to run and hide in Illinois. The little mouthy twits said they did that to draw attention to what Walker was doing. Really!!! I thought that honest debate would acheive the same outcome. When it comes to what happened with the teachers union. Check out California, New York, and other states and many of the major cities in the country and see the same thing happening in those locations. When it finally dawned on the U.S. congress that the Govt. is broke, the states stopped receiving handouts from Uncle Sugar, that is when they had to live within their own means and not to rely on the taxpayers from the rest of the country. Bottom line is that the voters in Wisconsin had an election and Walker got the majority of the votes I might be a little old fashioned but an election is an election and the results are in. Why do the Dems want to have the taxpayers of this state to shell out more money to go through this process, when if they had the smarts and guts to debate this from the very begining none of this drama would have occured.

    May 31, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Just what we need.....Bill Clinton to help the voters in Wisconsin hang on to their state....As it stands now the state is about to be bought by very big money and it will never be the same .Walker proved right at the beginning that every thing he promised the voters was a lie and he started immedietly to take the state apart. The people have given their all to get him out and return things to normal but Walkers connections to Koch bros and others have threatened the state for years to come....RIGHT ON WISCONSIN VOTERS...GET OUT THERE AND VOTE..... DUMP WALKER...,WE'LL PRAY FOR YOU!!!!!!

    May 31, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Dan

    President Clinton, your time is over!

    May 31, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Hotdog

    All one have to do is look at the quality of life for people living in states that have unions and those that do not have unions. The republicans constantly try to turn turn back the hands of time in a modern world which by all accords is absurd. Any one is their right mind can see that destroying the unions is not good for the economy and country.

    May 31, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lady Fair – Did you get a chance to read about the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the loan guarantees made to Solyndra under Bush?

    May 31, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Larry L: Thank you for knowing the FACTS because the people of Wisconsin have an governor who is working against them under the direction of the Koch Brothers, et al while he's receiving under the table payments.

    May 31, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. OnetermBama

    Ha, sounds like big trouble, otherwise why Bill needs to jump in?

    May 31, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. PJ/TX

    Why does Scott Walker need a legal defense fund? And is it "legal" for him to have transferred some of the
    donated money to his re-election into this defense fund? Just askin'

    May 31, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. george of the jungle

    go get him Bill. Walker is a mess and will ruine the state if not recalled . People without unions make less money and have no say . People have forgotten what unions have done for this country. And the repos keep up this lie. Get rid of all repos. Vote them out.

    May 31, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that Walker did so much to vilify the unions and collective bargining for no good reason. He is an ideologue like Christie and Palin that don't understand that union when properly run protect their members against unnecessary attacks and voilations of the law.

    May 31, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    PJ/TX – Good point.

    May 31, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Bob

    So good of the people of Wisconsin in voting to keep Walker. Do not let outsiders make your decision for you.

    May 31, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I don't believe Walker ever campaigned that he was going to eliminate bargaining rights, but after giving huge tax cuts for corporations at the expense of workers' pensions, that was the second thing he did.

    May 31, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Bubba looks like he could benefit from a turkey sandwich... for crying out loud he looks amost emaciated. Hope all is well with him...
    Cut the man some slack. Did you forget about his age and his bad heart?

    May 31, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Gov Walker made it clear during the primary what he was going to do."

    Really? You mean he literally told the voters "I'm going to give $130M in tax breaks to industries that supported my election and then tell you all that a $130M budget shortfall was the justification for gutting public union's collective bargaining rights"? He literally said that? Because that's literally what he did.

    May 31, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    ""Gov Walker made it clear during the primary what he was going to do."

    Did he also tell them "gutting public union collective bargaiing rights is part of my "divide and conquer" plan for knocking out the Dems' organizational and financial support structure in the state"? Because he LITERALLY told that to a billionaire supporter and it is on video.

    May 31, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. DIANA

    It's about time! I just pray that it's not too late. I'm praying that the good people of Wisconsin will vote Walker out.
    Go Mr. President!

    May 31, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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