Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) fired back at some of the media coverage aimed at him saying that he is “certain” that not one average voter would list “the issues we heard about in Washington from the media” among their top concerns, and “these other things aren’t things that people care about” on Tuesday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel.
“People care about big issues. They care about growth, they care about reform, they care about safety. They want to know what is a prospective candidate likely to do when it comes to making sure everyone can live their piece of the American Dream. What are they going to do to transfer power away from Washington to the hard-working taxpayers, and what are they going to do to make people safe from radical Islamic terrorism around the world. Those are the things people care about. And I think the reaction I had to some of those so-called gotcha questions, was these other things aren’t things that people care about. I was — you’ll appreciate this Greta, I was in Green Bay, Wisconsin this afternoon. I was at two of the leading job creators talking about career opportunities for people with disabilities, and somebody in the press at the end asked me a question about this very subject, and I said ‘I challenge you to go out with me and walk down the streets here in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and ask people 100 people, 100 people on the street what do they really care about, and I’m certain that not a [single] one of them would talk about the issues we heard about in Washington from the media” he stated.
Walker did say that questions about his lack of a college degree were “fair,” but “I think anybody who is hiring someone in their 40s or 50s for a job would probably look at their performance the last few years in previous jobs, and that’s what I asked people to do here.”
Walker also touted his success and agenda, saying “it’s one thing to fight, but it’s another thing to win. What we have done in Wisconsin is fight and win for the hard-working taxpayers. We’ve done that by putting the power back in their hands, it’s part of the reason why we had the fight with the big government union bosses — the union bosses four years ago. And if you show in the end that you’re fighting for the hard-working taxpayers and winning, they’re going to stand with you you.”
He concluded, “people in America want a fresh, new face, they want big bold ideas from outside of Washington. And they want someone who has got a proven track record. A lot of people can talk about fighting for taxpayers, for the hard-working taxpayers of this country, — I think there are far fewer of us that can actually say we fought and won for the hard-working taxpayers. We’re going to lay out, not just that narrative, but I think then lay out what that means in terms of fighting for more growth by getting government out of the way, by fighting for removing power from Washington from big government special interests, and putting it firmly in the hands of the taxpayers. I think, increasingly in this country we need to talk about what safety means and standing with our true allies like Israel, not walking out on them. Certainly being there when Prime Minister Netanyahu is at the Congress. I think it’s important to make that case that we stand with our allies and we’re going to stand up against radical Islamic terrorists to make sure we take the fight to them, and not wait until they take the fight to us.”
Walker also denied that his statement that “I didn’t inherit fame or fortune from my family,” was a potshot at Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton.
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