GOV. SCOTT WALKER (R-WI) DISCUSSES THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AND HOW REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WI) WILL INFLUENCE THE RACE, ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
WALKER TELLS CO-HOST GAYLE KING AND CBS NEWS SENIOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT ANTHONY MASON, “A LOT OF VOTERS IN OUR STATE, AND ACROSS AMERICA, WHO THOUGHT FOUR YEARS AGO THEY WERE GETTING BILL CLINTON ARE NOW REALIZING THEY MADE A MISTAKE. THE ECONOMY IS NOT ANY BETTER. THE BUDGET CERTAINLY ISN’T BALANCED AS IT WAS UNDER BILL CLINTON, AND IT’S TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE WE MADE A MISTAKE AND PUT FORWARD A NEW TEAM”
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) discussed the presidential campaign and how Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will influence the race with co-host Gayle King and CBS News Senior Business and Economics Correspondent Anthony Mason, live today, August 17, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below is the transcript from the interview:
MASON: Gov. Romney says he never paid less than 13%. The President says prove it. Should Gov. Romney be forced to release his tax returns?
WALKER: This whole issue is completely ridiculous. I talked to voters of my state and they don’t care about this. They care about their own taxes and most importantly what it means to jobs in our state. What I want to hear about from Gov. Romney, and have heard from Gov. Romney, and what I want to hear from the President is, what are you going to do to turn things around? The Obama-Biden campaign wants to talk about this all day because they don’t want voters in states like mine to look at their failed record of 42 consecutive months of unemployment at or above 8%. You’re looking at a candidate who four years ago said debt at $4 trillion was unpatriotic. He’s added more than $5 trillion to that. He said years ago he was going to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, and he’s nowhere near doing that. So, of course the Obama campaign wants to talk about this. Voters in our state want to hear what you’re going to do to turn things around, and only Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have really had a substantive plan to do that for small businesses and put people back to work.
KING: Gov. Walker, Wisconsin is certainly considered a key state. How much of a difference do you think your friend Paul Ryan will make, especially since he hasn’t run statewide?
WALKER: You look at the 1st Congressional District, where I grew up in a small town, and Paul’s district is bookended by Janesville, where he lives, and Kenosha, which are two working-class blue-collar communities. In that district, when he first ran it, it was almost evenly split. He’s not won an election by less than 60% since then. In a state that in 2000, 2004 was decided by a few thousand votes, adding a few thousand voters that, traditionally, in the past, they voted for Bill Clinton and four years ago voted for Barack Obama. Those are people who have also voted many times for Paul Ryan before. So they could be the difference. I think a lot of voters in our state, and across America, who thought four years ago they were getting Bill Clinton are now realizing they made a mistake. The economy is not any better. The budget certainly isn’t balanced as it was under Bill Clinton, and it’s time to acknowledge we made a mistake and put forward a new team, a comeback team. And that’s what you get with Romney and Ryan.
KING: What can you tell us about him as him as a person? I understand five minutes after he made his speech in Virginia that your phone rang and it was Paul Ryan on the line. Is that true?
WALKER: Yes. Set aside the politics, Paul is one of the brightest, most courageous people I know in politics. But he’s also one of the most decent people. Paul and I grew up not far from each other. We were both flipping hamburgers back in the 80’s as kids in high school. The funny part about that is his manager back then said he didn’t have the interpersonal skills to work the front cash register, so he used to flip burgers in the back. Obviously that guy is popping himself on the head and wondering what he was thinking back then. Paul is just a good, decent person. I think that’s why he does so well in a district that is so evenly divided. I think the more people get to know him, the more they’re going to love him and realize he’ll be a great vice president.
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