"Lord help us if we fail," Walker said. "I'm not planning on it, but if we were to fail, I think this sets aside any courageous act in American politics for at least a decade if not a generation."
"This recall isn't about me and it isn't just about who will be the Governor of Wisconsin," Walker continued. "It is about all of us and whether or not we can make bold decisions for the future."
Walker said the "swift action" he took to help the state's economy -- which included a controversial budget proposal that stripped public workers of their collective bargaining rights and caused union uproar -- was necessary to "fix" the fiscal crisis and show "Wisconsin is open for business."
"Collective bargaining is not a right," Walker said. "In the public sector, it is an expensive entitlement."
Walker criticized protesters who have disrupted government events and those who "bust in" outside his home. Protesters have rallied at the state capital since February 2011 in protest of Walker and his budget legislation.