Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker accused his primary opponent Donald Trump of using Democratic talking against him Tuesday.
“Well he’s using the Democratic talking points, just more of the same,” Walker told Fox And Friends host Brian Kilmeade. “I get attacked by Hillary Clinton yesterday, and I get attacked by him with Democratic talking points this morning.”
Trump has gone after Walker on numerous occasions since the start of his campaign. The business mogul claims Walker has caused a $2.2 billion deficit and a bad jobs forecast while serving Wisconsin.
“It’s probably part of the reason why I won three times as a governor in a blue state in the past four years because those talking points just aren’t right,” Walker argued. “We inherited a $3.8 billion budget deficit. We fixed it. We did it while cutting taxes by some $2 billion.”
According to Politifact, the claim made by Trump that Wisconsin has suffered a $2.2 billion dollar deficit under Walker is mostly false. Walker also points to the state’s rainy day fund, funded pensions and improved schools as why Wisconsin is doing better.
“Instead of doing what Donald Trump is and that is attacking other Republicans, I’m going to focus, as I did during the debate, on Hillary Clinton,” Walker said. “She’s the real opponent. She’s the one that would be a disaster. A much bigger disaster then Barack Obama if anyone can think that’s possible.”
This isn’t the first time Walker has had to defend himself against Trump. Last month Walker again accused Trump of using Democratic talking points to attack his record as governor. Walker is no stranger to criticism though. Not only has he had to defend his record against Democrats and some Republicans like Trump, he has been the main target of the most powerful unions for years.
Walker first became a target for the labor movement in 2011 when he reformed labor policy in Wisconsin to rein in union power. The reforms, known as Act 10, significantly changed the collective bargaining process for most public employees within the state.
Act 10 also required public unions to hold a renewal vote every couple of years to determine if workers still wanted them. Labor unions and their supporters, however, adamantly opposed the law. At the time, opponents descended on the Wisconsin capital to protest the act. Walker was able to outlast the protests and has since used it as an example of how he handles opposition and pressure.
Opponents also tried to get Walker thrown out of office with a recall election in 2012. Walker was able to overcome the attacks and even won reelection during the 2014 midterm.
Republicans in the legislature went a step further in the past year when they passed a law which banned mandatory union dues as a condition of employment.
To get the Republican nomination, Walker will first have to beat Trump, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul among others in the Republican primary.
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