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Scott Walker: Wisconsin Recall Election Is 'Waterloo' For Unions

Posted: 03/20/2012 10:48 am Updated: 03/20/2012 10:50 am

Scott Walker Wisconsin Recall

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is confident he will prevail in the effort to recall him from office.

"It's going well," he told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren on Monday. "I mean, the more we get the message out, the more we get the truth out, the more we compare ourselves to Illinois and they see the failed policies down there don't work, the better off we are. But we've got a long ways to go."

More than a million Wisconsin residents, including 29 judges, have signed petitions to trigger a Walker recall election. Recall elections for Walker and the lieutenant governor are set for May 8, unless there is a primary election, which would push the general election to June 5.

Walker's most serious challenger for his seat may be former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk, a Democrat.

Falk has "by far has the support of the big government unions out there fully behind her," the governor told Van Susteren. "Mayor Tom Barrett, who ran against me a couple years ago, won in 2010, Mayor of Milwaukee -- he's a credible candidate, as well. And I think the two of them will be fighting it out in the primary, if the mayor gets in."

When asked whether he is worried that the election has been hijacked on the national level as out-of-state unions funnel money into the recall effort and to his opponents, Walker said that this is a "Waterloo" moment for unions.

"We gave nearly -- well, we gave every public employee in this state the freedom to choose whether or not they want to be in a union or not, and I think that's really why this is a Waterloo for them," he said. "They're going to invest everything possible to try and take me out to send a message not only to other Republican governors but I think to a number of discerning Democrat governors and mayors who look at this and say, You know what? Maybe we can rein in our cost here and be able to balance our budget in a way that's responsible if we do some of the same things that they've done in Wisconsin."

Walker went on to compare himself to other "courageous" Republican leaders, like his friend Paul Ryan.

"When we prevail, it will send a powerful, powerful message that when people complain about politicians who don’t have the courage to stand up, the guts to take on the tough issues," he said. "Our election will show, when we win, that you know what? Voters do want people to take on the tough issues, they do want people to stand up for the taxpayer.”

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