Walker's Wisconsin – WJFW Take down this Video

Walker seldom says anything beyond his memorized and prepared talking points, but last Monday in Merrill, Wisconsin he was caught going off script and was recorded on video back sliding on his campaign job promise. The wiggling began after the comment was aired: Walker’s press secretary asks Rhinelander TV station to remove story.

Blue Cheddar Blog August 29

“Walker’s press secretary, Tom Evenson, called Newswatch 12 on Tuesday, and asked if we could be persuaded to take Monday’s story off our website.”

All of the cuts for the “Free Wisconsin” version of the video come from the original Newswatch 12 report except the clip of Walker’s infamous “Divide and Conquer” strategy delivered to billionaire, Diane Hendricks on a visit to Janesville.

My personally favorite moment is when the worker at the Merrill Wisconsin plant is caught with the priceless reaction to Scott Walker that captures…well see for yourself.

Walker backs off campaign jobs pledge at Merrill stop

On Monday in Merrill, he carefully backed away from the specific number.

“My goal wasn’t so much to hit a magic number as much as it was, in the four years before I took office, when I was campaigning, I saw that we lost over 133,000 jobs in the state. I said, ‘it’s really not about jobs, it’s about real people, real jobs like those here, and more importantly, affecting real families all across the state,'” Walker said.WJFW TV Video(Was not removed after Walker Administration request)

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The real and unedited version was kept active by WJFW and can be viewed at the link above. Even though he changed his stance, he was careful to write a new batch of flash cards to say “We haven’t changed our stance”. Like he didn’t know about the secret email network used for his campaign that was located just 30 feet from his office door.

New talking point
In a speech in Milwaukee two days later, however, Walker “reaffirmed” his commitment to the promise.

“We haven’t changed our stance,” Walker said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Whether we are at 249,000 or 255,000 or whatever the magic number is for us, we wanted to go from losing jobs to gaining jobs. All of our focus and attention is overwhelmingly on not just meeting that goal, but part of my nuance the other day … I’m not going to take a rest the minute we hit 250,000.”Huffington Post

The Business Journals
Governor: Scott Walker

State: Wisconsin

Party: Republican

Took office: January 2011

Years in office*: 2.33


Total for state upon taking office: 2,328,400

Total for state now: 2,387,100

Total for other 49 states upon taking office: 105,479,800

Total for other 49 states now: 110,458,700


Annual rate for state since taking office: 1.07%

Annual rate for other 49 states since taking office: 2.00%

Difference (in percentage points): -0.93

Rank (of 45 governors**): 40


Raw change for state since taking office: 58,700

Projected change for state at rate for other 49 states***: 109,900

Difference (in jobs): -51,200

Rank (of 45 governors**): 40

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