Scott Walker splits with Romney: Surprised?
WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said on Sunday that he disagreed with Mitt Romney's recent statement that the governor's win in last week's recall election showed that voters oppose hiring more teachers, firefighters and police officers.
"I think, in the end, the big issue is that the private sector still
needs more help," he told Bob Schieffer on CBS's "Face the Nation." "The
answer's not more big government. I know in my state, our reforms
allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers and teachers. That's
not what I think of when I think of big government."
Romney said on Friday that President Barack Obama missed the message
from Wisconsin's recall election, which was held after outrage from some
voters over Walker's law limiting collective bargaining rights of
public sector workers.
"He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers," Romney said.
"Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's
time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."
Schieffer asked Walker whether he agreed that his victory showed "the
American people want fewer cops and fewer teachers and fewer firemen."
"Well, I think it's slightly different," Walker replied. "I think in
our case what they wanted is people willing to take on the tough issues,
not only here in Wisconsin but across the country. And I think Governor
Romney's got a shot, if the R next to his name doesn't just stand for
Republican, it stands for reformer.
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