June 4th, 2012
11:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Does Obama's absence portend outcome of Wisconsin recall vote?

Washington (CNN) - Fueled by the power of organized labor, the passion of the tea party and millions in outside money, it is politics gone wild in Wisconsin.

The recall race to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker has pretty much seen it all - except for President Barack Obama.


Filed under: President Obama • Scott Walker • Tom Barrett • Wisconsin
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obama was the kiss of death to almost everybody he campaigned for in 2010. Why the heck would they want him to go there? Besides, Obama already sees the Democrat is going to lose, as he should. Obama doesn't want to advance his already great reputation for bringing Democrat candidates down in defeat. Besides Obama is too busy leading many more Democrats down the tiolet in November.

    June 4, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |

    Frankly, it doesn't matter if the President is there or not. The problem is the outside money that's flowing into Walker's campaign. A revolution is coming. Thanks alot SCOTUS.

    June 4, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Anonymous

    The recall race to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker has pretty much seen it all – except for President Barack Obama.

    Yeah, because inserting himself into what has become the biggest circus in GOP history would do what, CNN?

    I applaud both Obama and Romney for not getting involved in the Koch brothers hostile take over of Wisconsin. Wisconsinites voted Walker in, let them decide if they liked what they got the first time around enough to vote him back in again.

    June 4, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Riecher

    Obama wont change the outcome, the battle already has been lost. Sadly, Walker will retain power.

    June 4, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Wake up people

    Why does President Obama need to be there? Jeez, the man is not Jesus, he is the POTUS. And right now he is in the fight of his and our lives thanks to the treasonous congress. He can't run to every state that has a problem. He has to fight back at all the lies that Robmey, Trump, and Rubio are spewing. The fact that it's the right that keeps focusing on this, it makes me wonder if they are trying to set him up again. Remember Iran, the blind chinese guy? They are waiting for him to do something so they can say it was wrong.

    Get rid of all of these traitors in November!
    OBAMA 2012!

    June 4, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Tony

    Obama can read the polls as well, which consistently showed Governor Walker leading his Democratic challenger Barrett. But the same polls also showed Obama with a consistent lead over Romney. The same poll that gave Walker a 7-point lead over Barrett showed Obama with a 8-point lead over Romney. An election is ultimately about the candidates themselves, not who endorse them.

    June 4, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    If President Obama took sides in this issue the right wing attack machine would go into full swing. He is doing the right thing...offering support but from afar. The POTUS really shouldn't take sides I don't think in such elections.

    June 4, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Myviewis

    Obama realizes that the people of Wisconsin woke up to what public workers and the Unions were up to and if allowed to continue the state will be broke.

    June 4, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Lisa P

    More of the same GOP nonsense. Pretend it's about Obama, not Walker. Pretend it's about the unions and not the biggest cuts in funding for education - K-12, technical and higher - in Wisconsin history. Pretend it's a fight about the numbers of jobs and not the worst job-creation the in the midwest (*half* the national average!) Pretend it's about tax rates and not tax giveaways to wealthy contributors. Pretend it's about violent crime in Milwaukee and not the most corrupt Governor in Wisconsin history. I was out canvassing this weekend. The people of Wisconsin are not buying the lies. Pay attention, CNN, and quit just repeating the spin!

    And where the heck did CNN get "The state capitol was awash in union-led protests, quickly met by tea party counterprotests"? Pure nonsense. Anbout two weeks after the grassroots protests stated the Tea Party surrogates managed about 1,000 protesters on a day that 30,000 showed up on the Capitol Square in support of teachers and education. After that the Tea Party "rallies" (really bus tours for out-of-staters) were held at the county sports center (well away from the Square) in rooms that I'm told would a best hold several hundred (the biggest day on the Square was 100,000). They didn't get back to the square until a month after Act 10 passed and the large public protests had died down, and even then they were easily outnumbered by counter-protesters. If anything the huge Wisconsin grassroots protests against their "rock star" proved what a sham the Tea Party really is - just some PR and an air-brushed bus.

    CNN has a bus on the Square right now - how about reporting the truth?

    June 4, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hmm. Interesting.
    I recall all sorts of Governors and other high-ranking politicians NOT making themselves available when the President came to town very early in his presidency.
    I recall our President fighting the entrenched powers that be with little to no support.
    I would say to Wisconsinites .....DO YOU, and good luck.

    June 4, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. B.

    The Democrats in Wisconsin need to get off their butts and VOTE Walker out or they deserve what they get!

    Walker is nothing more than a Puppet of corporations and they need to recall him with votes.

    June 4, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Jules

    I says that President Obama thinks he can get some of the Walker votes for himself come November.

    June 4, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. rla

    Obama shows himself to be the self interested Chicago Pol that he is.... Democrats should have been aware of that old say ing that "Be cautious what you wish for" when they voted for all that hope and change. He would throw his ______ under the bus if it meant getting a vote.a

    June 4, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Lisa P

    Here's what CNN and the mainstream media will not tell you (at least, not until Wednesday morning when, God willing, we will be rid of Scott Walker and his corrupt, job-killing policies): the polls don't count first-time voters and infrequent voters. Can you imagine what Wisconsin high school and college students are thinking right now, looking at Walker's draconian cuts to their future? How about lower middle class workers who depend on some public programs to keep their lives manageable and reasonably stable? I talked to a few who hadn't voted in many years, who used to figure that it didn't really matter who was Governor, until Scott Walker came along. *Their* taxes didn't go down, but their lives are being threatened. They are all voting, or have already voted, for Barrett.

    June 4, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Sandy

    Obama went to Wisconsin in 2010 to rally the troops. How did Wisconsin Dems respond? They stayed home and didn't vote in 2010! They brought this on themselves!

    June 4, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC


    Obama realizes that the people of Wisconsin woke up to what public workers and the Unions were up to and if allowed to continue the state will be broke
    Tell us, please. What exactly were they 'up to '? Were they doing anything unlawful or illegal? Why weren't they charged and arrested for some crime?

    June 4, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    It's a state issue and doesn't require interference from outside by either side.

    June 4, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Dean

    Obama doesn't want to be associated with the losing side. That's why he's not appearing in Wisconsin...or even mentioning the recall election. No matter the outcome, this will have a negative impact on Obama's campaign for president.

    June 4, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Yeah, what's up Obama?

    Jump into your AF1, fly to Wisconsin and defeat Walker single handedly. Then, jump into your AF1, fly to Syria and defeat Assad single handedly. Then, jump into your AF1, fly to North Carolina and re-institute gay marriage single handedly. Then, jump into your AF1, fly to both north and south poles at the same time and defeat global warming, single handedly.

    You are not allowed back to Washington until you have completed all of the above by 5pm.

    June 4, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Uh, maybe Obama is reading what is on the Wall. Most probably his own polling in Wisconsin isn't good. There is a song that may explain it. DETOUR. Google it and listen. Hope and change. Comong in November.

    June 4, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Dumb Lefty

    He may as well have went because he's going to be talked about either way, if Walker wins they'll say Obama should have helped, if Barrett wins they'll say he didn't need Obama at all. Obama is indirectly tied to this regardless.

    June 4, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |