Romney predicts Wisconsin reverberates
June 6th, 2012
05:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney predicts Wisconsin reverberates

San Antonio, Texas (CNN) - That Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker survived Tuesday’s recall vote is a sign the state could end up in the Republican column in November, Romney said Wednesday.

Wisconsin hasn't voted for a Republican on a presidential level since 1984.

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"A blue state said we've seen a conservative governor, he kept back on the scale of government and has held down taxes and stood up to the public sector unions, and we want more of that not less of it. And I think you're going to find that in the decision that's being made in November," Romney said during a tele-town hall with small business owners.

Speaking earlier at a fund-raising event in San Antonio, the GOP presidential candidate said what happened in Wisconsin "will echo throughout the country."

"What happened yesterday was people looked at a Republican governor, a conservative – and even though they may have been Democrat or independent – they looked at the record of a conservative who cut back on the size of government, who held down taxes, who said we had to reform – in this case public sector unions that asked for too much – and then he went to the polls," Romney said.

The former Massachusetts governor and businessman reacted to the Wisconsin recall during the fundraiser and the tele-town hall coordinated by the National Federation of Independent Business. He did not mention it when he spoke to thousands of employees at USAA in San Antonio, his only public event today.

President Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain there by 14 points in 2008. Wisconsin may be tougher for Obama to win this time, but it is still an uphill climb for Romney.

Romney mostly tiptoed around the recall fight, declining to campaign in the state for Walker. But the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is likely to make an appearance in the state soon, sources tell CNN.

- CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to the report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Texas • Wisconsin
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Sorry Mittens, it will not happen.

    June 6, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    I think voters are just not buying all the nonsense that Democrats keep preaching that Republicans are/for the rich, Bush Tax Cuts not good for businesses, etc.....I think voters in Wisconsin gave us a sign that they no longer bought all the nonsense.

    June 6, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. curious

    Rmoney's pander, pander, pander. Why didn't he stand against the average worker prior to Tuesday's election?

    June 6, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. MTATL67

    GOD – Romney reminds me of a used car salesman...yuck I need a shower.

    June 6, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. B.

    Yeah, it sure does! Now it is confirmed, the Republicans are owned buy Corporate Special Interests and attempting to Own the government totally along with the Supreme Court..

    June 6, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    MY view is simple Walker did not need a Union bashing law to do what he did.
    Whether his overall policies are economically and morally sound remains to be seen.
    I do not believe Union bashing is a major policy issue at the presidential election level
    Cutting spending is but at the national level its in the Obam budget and the uocoming Budget act will enforce more if congress does nothing.

    June 6, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Obama supporter turned Romney supporter

    Pres. Obama, where were you to help the Unions? Proves to me you care more about elections than priciple, just another poli. I vote to give romney a go, he at least has a chance of leading in this difficult time.

    June 6, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Oh come on now Mitt. Didn't someone we all know mention that what works in a state won't necessarily work for at the federal government level? Who was that by the way? Why.. it was Mitt Romney!! Wisconsinites will see through your line of bull...

    June 6, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Nina Fox

    Tragic that Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker survived Tuesday’s recall vote now the Unions are on the chopping block. I have a special concern regarding public vs private employees, being both.

    I cannot even believe what these politicians are claiming. Let me tell you from PERSONAL experience being a public employee for over 25 years and working in corporate world for 22 years.

    I work for one of the wealthiest counties in the country. We, public employees, have NOT had a pay increases since 2004. Yes, let me say that again… NO pay increase since 2004!!! Not only that, but the mass employees that are not upper management and board of supervisors pay 100% of our retirement. Let me say that again. WE PAY 100% of our retirement. So if the county tries and decrease our retirement, guess what… the Tax payers will have to reimburse all the money I had taken out of my paycheck. I contribute ¼ of my paycheck towards retirement not to mention that public employees have always been paid lower than private sector due to job security and benefits. While the private sector employees were making mega incomes, we public employees squeaked by on a fraction of their pay.

    One more tidbit of information that you should be also aware of… as a “Public Employee” we do NOT qualify for SSI, SSDI, SDI or any government disability. We are given some compensation through our union which comes to $900 a month; however, when you factor in the cost of living in this area that averages $2,000 a month for housing, how could one ever go on disability? I have stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to my bone, stomach and lungs and I am still working full time so I can make my mortgage and insurance payments. There is NOTHING for public employees to help with keeping your place of residence. If I do not work, then I am facing homelessness while dying! Not a pleasant thought!

    Last but NOT least. Due to Reaganomics, Public employees who have also worked in the private sector can only collect a small fraction (a stipend) of their preordained social security amount. Reagan made a change in that as a public employee, your retirement will be seen as income to social security and therefore you only can obtain a fraction (1/20) of what you would have been paid. However, if you retire from private companies receiving their retirement, social security does NOT view that as income so these people obtain their entire retirement from both the private sector and social security.


    Nina from California who has worked 47 full time years of her life & receives $335 from Social Security retirement.

    June 6, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. anthony78

    How many jobs did Bush's tax cuts create when he was in office? Now?
    Seems like those so called job-creators sent those jobs over seas for even cheaper labor while enjoy those tax breaks that were supposed to keep jobs domestic.
    Republicans constantly point to the unemployment numbers, BUT aren't Bush's tax breaks STILL in place? So whats wrong? Oh.. its OBAMA's fault.. i get it. Republican logic in full effect.

    Also, voters in Wisconsin just proved the majority of their voters are idiots. At least the Dems took back the Senate and I hope they vow to not work w Walker the same way congress cemented Obama.

    June 6, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Blindersoff

    What is wrong with this country? America is one big mess! The middle class and poor has been turned into a clueless bunch of zombis, by the republican leadership, who in turn are controlled by the 1%. Middle class, mainly, white mainstream america, they are being assimilated and becoming like "Borg" the collective, brainwashed by big business and will eventually, be pushed over the cliff of despair. Why do we cling to our kidnappers? We have a sick since of obligation and are somehow compiled to pledge a since of blind loyalty to the very ones that are inflicting pain and suffering upon us, while holding us hostage. All because the majority of Americans voted for the black guy. Now we all must pay for wanting a life of hope and prosperity through change. We wan't a better life for ourselves other than waiting endlessly for the bread crumbs of the rich to fall from the big tables of the rich.

    June 6, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. CBR

    The Wisconsin vote for Governor Walker will echo across the nation because of the amount of money spent to keep him in the governor's seat. The PAC's were out in full force and we now get a glimpse of their strategy. If the American people do not rally against this spending then the nation will suffer. Money that could go to other causes is now being spent to get Republicans elected.

    Mr. Romney's acceptance of the PAC money to forward his campaign says a lot about this man. Just get me elected seems to be his reason for supporting these PACs.

    June 6, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Indie in VA

    Not buying it. Most Indies voted for Walker because he balanced the budget, according to the exit polls. And he did. Mitt Romney left Massachusetts with a $307 million deficit. Why would the people who voted for a guy because he's balanced a budget turn around and vote for a guy who hasn't?

    June 6, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    one thing this election proved is that so-called "grassroots" efforts mean NOTHING unless you have much capital behind it. Even the Tea Party did not get to where it has arrived today without backing from the Koch Brothers and other multi-millonaires. The more you spend the better chance you have at winning an election..this was proven my the CC and Super Pacs in 2010 and here in Wisconsin where muich support did not even come from within that state. The days of grassroots are in the past my friends....nice ideas but they just don't work anymore.

    June 6, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Just shows you that Romney doesn't have the guts to take a stand on his own. This is the mark of a coward as shown by his draft dodging. What a pathetic excuse for a poor little rich boy. He needs to get back in his sandbox and let the grown ups solve the issues.

    June 6, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Sydnium S. Washington

    Contrary to the fact that it is the dairy state. Or not.

    June 6, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. Bren

    The voters that voted for Walker, will NO way vote for Obama. Those who are participating in the polls saying that they are voting for Obama, are intentionally telling lies to the pollsters/media. They want the media to be set up to look like idiots--just like they were yesterday-when they kept saying that the recall race would be "close" and "too close to predict". Romney is now going to campaign hard and often in Wisconsin, and he will win the state!!

    June 6, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If the right wing puts in the money that it did in Wisconson, it might. The problem is that there was so much money put in on an unusually timed election. If it had been in November on the general election day, Walker would have been toast.

    June 6, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |