In Georgia, Scott Walker explains how the GOP can win anywhere

The “SEC primary” dreamed up by Georgia’s secretary of state, Brian Kemp, is already making an impact. GOP presidential aspirants are treating Georgia like an important primary state, not just a campaign ATM.

But just as the South is poised to have a larger say about the nominee, the Republican Party is coming off a mid-term election cycle that showed strength beyond the region. GOP governors not only won re-election in such typically blue states as Michigan and New Mexico; they took office in Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts.

Had Mitt Romney won every state that now has a Republican governor, he’d be president.

Instead, as many as 16 Republicans may run for president in 2016. The most recent prospect to visit Atlanta has been one of the most successful at winning, and then governing conservatively, in a blue state.

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Scott Walker campaigns in Greenville, S.C., May 2015. (Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

“I think Republicans do well all across the country because we get things done,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told me in an interview Monday, after meeting about 150 supporters at a Buckhead hotel. “That’s the focus: that we’re optimistic, and we’re focused on getting things done, and we’ve got a proven track record.”

Walker said that track record — not only in Wisconsin, where the unemployment rate in April was a full percentage point below the U.S. average, but in other GOP-led states — is something Romney should have promoted in 2012.

“I think that argument’s even truer now,” he said. “Almost all of the battleground states are led by Republican governors. … What our argument should be, when going into those states, is: Remember how things were messed up? You not only elected Rick Snyder (in Michigan), Rick Scott (Florida), Susana Martinez (New Mexico), but you re-elected them because they made things better.

“Imagine how much better if we could elect a reform-minded Republican like that to be president.”

That will require the GOP to win over voters who tend to back Democrats, such as those under age 25.

“I’ve got two sons in that category,” he said. “They’re much more libertarian than they are liberal. They don’t like ‘big’ anything: big unions, big government, big business for that matter. And so anything that makes it look like you’re making it easy for someone coming out of school to go out and live their life, that’s what my argument is. … The other side says it’s connected to you? Look: They want to keep permits, regulations, all these layers of government; that’s not good for you.”

Walker also cited his fights against seniority and tenure in the public sector as attractive to millennials, as well as another group Republicans must win over.

“Women are more likely at some point in their careers, particularly with families, to take some time off,” he said. “They come back into the workplace, even if they’re professionally of a higher merit, sometimes based on seniority or tenure restrictions they’re not able to compete at the same level as their peers who haven’t left the workplace. Those are all issues I think we can make compelling.”

Reining in an intrusive government has been compelling to voters in many states. It ought to resonate in a national election, too.

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Shar1
Shar1

You can't talk about "reining in an intrusive government" in the same breath as you mandate unnecessary, intrusive medical procedures for women who have made a private, personal medical decision that you don't agree with. 

notagain
notagain

Republicans get things done.At what cost?

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@notagain

A leftist worried about the cost of anything being paid for by tax payers--now that's something you don't see every day!

AvgGeorgian
AvgGeorgian

Walker - " … The other side says it’s connected to you? Look: They want to keep permits, regulations, all these layers of government; that’s not good for you.”


If the Gubmint is so pesky with their interfering, why do the Rs never propose doing away with patents? - that would really start a fire under the economy.

AvgGeorgian
AvgGeorgian

If not for patents, the consumer could outsource smartphone production directly to China, bypassing the corporate middleman. Then the savings would accrue to the consumer, who would spend the money in the US economy providing profits for local business and tax receipts for local and state governments. 


Sounds like a R dream to me - a free market, competition for consumers, economic stimulus, and a regressive sales tax . What's not to like?

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

He can't beat Bush, he is the GOP bought man.

sssinff
sssinff

"Had Mitt Romney won every state that now has a Republican governor, he’d be president."


If wishes were peppermints gumdrops, I could open the world's biggest candy store. Turnout for 2014 was the lowest in generations. The GOP wins when people stay home. Unlikely that turnout will be depressed in a presidential year. And let's not forget, the GOP candidate has lost the popular vote in 6 of the last 6 elections. I hope that the national party is crafting a plan to register new voters. That's the only chance Republicans have. And even that is a long shot given the electoral reality.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

What's been to the detriment of our great nation IS the public sector.  Ineffective, freedom-destroying, wasteful, greedy, self-serving, and lazy.

Hey that reminds me--how much private sector work experience can Scott Walker claim to have?

Seems there was a part-time job while in college, and after that, nothing.

steveatl
steveatl

Hillary wins easily in 2016. There, can we talk about something else now?

Caius
Caius

I agree that women must be won over. In 2008 and 2012 Obama took an average of 55% of the ladies vote.  What have republicans done to reverse that margin?  And in 2012 unmarried women gave Obama 67% of their vote, as I recall.  What have Republicans done to reverse that?


I would love to see a Republican president in January 2017. But I see no one doing anything but talk.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Caius Women for the MOST part are nest builders and security seekers by nature, so there is a strong affinity for the cradle to the grave paternalism the proggies constantly whine for, so the GOP is always going to have a problem with folks that think that way.  The best thing to do is educate voters on where that kind of philosophy has brought us, unemployed young people, tremendous national debt, and tremendous amount of dependency, none of which bode well for the future of an America we have grown up with.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@332-206

But  you've no problem with Obama and his wife taking separate jumbo jets to the same destination, right?

332-206
332-206

And here we thought the 2012 "Post-Mortem" explained how the GOP could win.

Can lead a horse to water, but...

lvg
lvg

@332-206 and now we got a candidate who thinks sperm donors have a right to sue if the woman does not carry a fetus to term.

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

Don't look now, proggies, but Scott is co-opting your agenda.

Juanx
Juanx

“Women are more likely at some point in their careers, particularly with families, to take some time off,” he said. “They come back into the workplace, even if they’re professionally of a higher merit, sometimes based on seniority or tenure restrictions they’re not able to compete at the same level as their peers who haven’t left the workplace. Those are all issues I think we can make compelling.”

Reining in an intrusive government has been compelling to voters in many states. It ought to resonate in a national election, too."


The spiel of these Republican candidates will not resonate with the majority of Americans. We are not defined within these narrow margins. Just take a look at the number of Democrat women versus Republican women elected to national offices to ascertain confidence in deciding policy for American families. No longer will we allow Republicans to decide national and foreign policy based on ideology.

Dusty2
Dusty2

Whoopee!!  Liberals running wild here.  What a shame.  They can't talk about Obama  and mentioning Hillary brings gloom. 

In the meantime, conservatives are reviewing several very good candidates,  Walker being one of them.


So let the liberals here howl like coyotes in the moonlight.  They have plenty to  repress their happiness.  Let them cry!! 

JKToole
JKToole

@RafeHollister Kinda sad with all the poverty, unemployment, and low work force participation rate, that Georgia can't have an economy like Texas.


RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Walker has done a great job in WI as has Perry in TX.  We desperately need someone with a track record of creating jobs and someone with a clue about how America's economy works.  Perry says TX has created 33% of the new jobs  in America in the last 10 years and this has been found to be true.  Before someone says that the jobs are all low quality minimum wage jobs, here is an article discussing that matter.  Apparently all levels of employment has increased in TX.  

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/03/07/texas-isnt-just-leading-the-nation-in-job-growth-its-doing-it-more-equitably-too/


We can continue with the low growth, high tax, stagnant, re-distributive Obama economy by electing Clinton. or we can move back to a more dynamic growing economy by electing someone with a proven record of economic growth and job creation.

JKToole
JKToole

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Taxpayers would pick up half the cost of a new $500 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks under a financial deal that would rely on current and former team owners for the rest, Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday.
Walker, a likely presidential candidate, has argued for months that it will cost the state more in lost income-tax revenue if the NBA moves the team from Milwaukee than it will to pay for a new downtown arena … Without a new stadium by 2017, the NBA has said it will buy back the team and move it. The Bucks currently play in the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center.
GOP democracy in the 21st century. Why not put it up for referendum? Ask the people who are paying for it if they actually want to subsidize entertainment.
Scott Walker: Tell me again about the role of government?

RexHavoc
RexHavoc

@JKToole Smart play, just like every other city that knows what it takes to keep pro teams on their turf (ie, the democrats in Atlanta).  Sports teams, concerts, and other events are cash cows for cities; not just for their direct employees, but for the visitor and infrastructure income that they bring.  We will soon see the financial impact suffered by Atlanta for the loss of the Braves.

KennethKoons
KennethKoons

Good for Walker. The lib progs are simply anti-American and the voters who support those PC dunces are so uninformed and inane via our history, heritage, and values, that one wonders how teachers, the media, even deluded parents have brainwashed these poor dopes. None of them could pass a Govt, Const, or History test with facts. They believe fads, they believe hate and they are the modern know nothings.

332-206
332-206

@KennethKoons Here, Kenny, are some helpful talking points for you, n/c: They, None, They, All, They, None, They, They,...

lvg
lvg

Another con who thinks he can undo Roe v. Wade at the expense of women:

The unannounced presidential candidate told reporters Monday that he would sign a 20-week abortion ban proposed by the Badger State legislature, regardless of whether it includes rape or incest exemptions.

“I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months when they are most concerned about it,” Walker said. “In this case, it’s an unborn life, it’s an unborn child, that’s why we feel strongly about it. I’m prepared to sign it either way they send it to us.”

A version of the bill passed by the Wisconsin House of Representatives does not include exceptions for rape or incest but does have a provision permitting abortions that would save the life of the mother. It would also allow the mother or father to seek civil damages against a doctor who carried out an abortion after 20 weeks."http://time.com/3908468/scott-walker-abortion-ban/



How's Governor Ultrasound from Virginai doing in the Big House after putting similar language in the 2012 GOP platform?

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@lvg

If you want to kill your unborn child, do it in the first five months, k?

Penses
Penses

@lvg 

Another liberal who somehow thinks women should have the right to abort the natural consequences of an act they choose to to engage in (not talking about rape or life-threatening pregnancies), at the expense of the lives of unborn children. Let's see how that works in real life elsewhere: "Hey! I just drove home drunk and killed a family in an car crash. I need to abort that outcome, please".

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@lvg

I think we know how this works in national politics--you throw that red meat to your base to establish your bona fides in the primaries, and then in the general you get a whole lot quieter about it, and in that off chance you actually win? 

You literally phone in an appearance at the Rally of the Sadz they hold every year in DC on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a decision which a reliably large majority of Americans support and don't want to see ever overturned.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

"Reining in an intrusive government has been compelling to voters in many states."


Whoa, there buddy!


You mean Republicans should be FOR gay marriage, abortion, contraception, and all those things they keep saying is the right of the government to intrude upon? 


And permits, regulations, and protections are put there for the people.  Do you really want to get rid of the EPA and have companies pollute and make people sick?  Me Neither. 

Do you really want to get rid of the FDA and have companies not do their due diligence to keep people safe?  Me Neither. 

Do you really want the companies on Wall Street to take advantage of the system and violate laws that end up screwing the nation?  Me Neither. 

MarkVV
MarkVV

“Smaller government, “fewer restrictions,” “fewer regulations” are political slogans without substance. Such a political agenda is fitting for a governor, who believes that fighting ISIS is like fighting labor unions in his state.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

"Walker also cited his fights against seniority and tenure in the public sector as attractive to millennials, as well as another group Republicans must win over."

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


Nothing says "Republican" more than that ideological point, above.  Republican politicians have been successful in demonizing the public sector of our great nation, to the nation's detriment, imo.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@MaryElizabethSings

What's been to the detriment of our great nation IS the public sector.  Ineffective, freedom-destroying, wasteful, greedy, self-serving, and lazy.

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Result of the GOP = 2008 =  debt, unemployment, war, banking corruption ....  that is the facts

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

One need only compare Texas with Baltimore to judge the relative effectiveness of conservative policies versus leftist big-government policies.  People who think results matter--Real Americans--vote for conservatives.

Kate Sheahan
Kate Sheahan

@LilBarryBailout 

Do you think "Real Americans" attack other Americans?  How do you know what a "Real American" is?  One who thinks like you?

JKToole
JKToole

@LilBarryBailout Yes because they are so similar - Texas being a State and Baltimore being one city within a state. They're identical!

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@JKToole @LilBarryBailout

I guess denial is one way to deal with your cognitive dissonance.

Leftists and their big government policies have failed miserably.

Fifty years...$20 trillion spent...Zero change in poverty rate...thanks, Democrats.

freezboy
freezboy

16 PONY RACE AS WE SPEAK...WALKER IS A COWARD...WALKER WILL NOT DECLARE......

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@freezboy

Walker probably wanted to run for President since he was a kid. He's got tons of support. Why wouldn't he run in 2016?

freezboy
freezboy

only a small temporary increase for citizens...then 'WHAMMY' ... you got took 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 “That’s the focus: that we’re optimistic, and we’re focused on getting things done, and we’ve got a proven track record.”


Tell that to the folks in Kansas. They have a proven track record alright.


http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2014/nov/28/chuck-todd/under-scott-walker-wisconsin-lags-us-wage-job-grow/


At the close of 2010, a year and a half after the recession officially ended, Wisconsin could claim one of the better economic recoveries in the country. Employment had grown at a faster clip than in most states, and the value of Wisconsin's publicly traded companies was up almost 40 percent. Tax revenue, a sign of economic health, had risen more than 50 percent.


Then Scott Walker became governor. Over the four years that followed, Wisconsin's economic performance ranked 35th in the country, according to the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States, which tracks the change in a series of economic indicators. The state has lagged Michigan (3rd place), Illinois (14th), Iowa (18th) and Minnesota (19th).


http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-02-24/scott-walker-s-lagging-indicators


He has been an absolute disaster.




freezboy
freezboy

all that tax money he saves  to stop services for smooth flow of business will be diverted to his friends....