Bill Clinton calls on Wisconsin voters to reject Scott Walker's divide and conquer
Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:30 PM PDT
Clinton focused on this election as an opportunity to move away from Walker's divide and conquer strategy, saying:
For 100 years now, people have looked to Wisconsin from all over this country to see a place of small towns and vibrant cities, ... to see a place where there were vigorous political debates, closely held elections and then people got together and figured out what the heck to do. And now, they look at Wisconsin and they see America’s battleground between people who want to work together to solve problems and people that want to divide and conquer.He also highlighted the Right's view of Wisconsin as a test case, a place to begin moving an agenda that's much bigger than Wisconsin or public unions:
I can just hear it now, on Wednesday. All those people that poured all this money into Wisconsin, if you don’t show up and vote, will say, 'see, we got them now. We’re finally going to break every union in America. We’re gonna break every government in America. We’re gonna stop worrying about the middle class. We don’t give a riff whether poor people get to work their way into it. We got our way now. We got it all. Divide and conquer works.'While it's unlikely that a decisive number of people will, upon hearing Bill Clinton's words, sit up and firmly decide that they will vote on Tuesday instead of not voting, or vote for Barrett instead of Walker, this speech gives Barrett headlines and puts his narrative prominently in the Wisconsin media as the final GOTV push begins. This is the story in people's minds as volunteers and campaign staffers across the state hit doors and phones to strengthen voters' resolve to turn out for Tom Barrett.
You tell them no. You tell them, Wisconsin has never been about that, never will be about that — by electing Tom Barrett governor!
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