EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- QUESTION FOUR (aired Oct. 19th)
With all that has been swirling around Washington – especially in recent days – how much should the actions and reactions coming out of D.C. fact into how voters cast their ballots?
- TONY EVERS: “The stuff that’s coming out of Washington DC recently – especially around Judge’s Kavanaugh’s confirmation that just happened today – the thing that concerns me most about that is that some of his previous rulings really could impact the people of Wisconsin, such as the issue of pre-existing conditions and the Affordable Care Act. He seemingly has some problems with that. He also has some concerns with a woman’s right to choose. So, yes indeed. Things that happen in Washington D.C. do impact us here in Wisconsin and I’ll fight for those things, making sure that they're safe. In addition, a governor has a responsibility, no matter who is president to call him out or her out when they're making a mistake. When Donald Trump talks about tariffs and then things get haywire here in Wisconsin with the cheese makers that have to make decisions and don't have a place to sell. You know, Scott Walker said nothing when Trump is picking on Harley-Davidson around their business practices. Scott Walker says nothing. I don't care who's in Washington D.C. – Republican or Democrat. The Wisconsin governor has to stand up for the people of Wisconsin.”
- SCOTT WALKER: “The bottom line is, whether you love the president or not, whether you love people in Washington or not, the selections is about governor. It’s about governor of the state of Wisconsin, not the United States. So, people are going to look at the facts, they’re going to look at where we were, where we're at today, and where we're headed. Our approach would continue to move us forward. I think our opposition's approach would take us backwards and that really has little or no bearing on Washington. Now, it makes sense to have someone in state office, like the governor, who can actually talk to people in the White House, talk to people in the administration. I'm proud of the fact that we got a win for dairy farmers by holding out with the president on the Canada trade agreement. That was a big win. Now, we need to do many more things to get the farm economy back on track, but that's a good example out there where that would have never happened if my opponent was in office, because he wouldn't have had a connection to talk to the present, or particular the vice president, who’ve I work with for years. That is critically important. In the end, it’s about who’s going to be governor, who's going to be in charge of state government, and that's the facts that people need to look at. Again, look at our record – the state was in a mess, it’s now moving forward. We want to keep it moving forward. We don't want to go backwards.”
QUESTION ONE (aired Oct. 16th)
The rancor of politics these days seem to be filled with much more sparring from both sides than even in past midterm elections. Has it made running for a 4-year term of governor tougher for you this year and is this merely a perception or is it reality?
- SCOTT WALKER: “We try to cut through it all. We see a lot of attack ads out there, but I tell people, 'You look past the attack ads. Just look at the facts.' More people employed this year than ever before, our schools continue to be some of the best in the nation, and property and income taxes on senior citizens, on working families, on small business owners and, yeah, even family farmers are lower now than they were before we started. Those are the facts. I've been encouraging people to turn off the TV ads. Don't turn off TV. Listen to stories like this. Don't look at the ads. Look at the facts. Facts are clearly on our side. You know, the differences between me and Tony … I was almost going to say Tony Earl. That's a flashback … Tony Evers are not personal. I've worked with him before on things. I get along with him just fine. The difference is my approach is to keep us going forward. I think the policies he embraces - higher taxes, millions of dollars in new spending without identifying where it's coming from - would actually take us backwards and costs us jobs."
- TONY EVERS: "I would say it's a reality. The ads that Scott Walker has run are just mind-boggling, frankly. It's disturbing to me that you can actually lie on these advertisements and it makes no difference. So, yes. My goal as governor is to bring people together and not pull people apart. At the end of the day, we'll be a better state if we're trying to find common ground, instead of keep pushing people to the edges. That's really important."
QUESTION TWO (aired Oct. 17th)
“The overall state of the economy – including employment – is being talked about both by you and your opponent. To this, a ranking released by U.S. News & World Report this year shows Wisconsin 10th in overall employment, 24th in job growth, 31st in overall business environment and 36th in economic growth.
In short, is Wisconsin’s economy properly set up for short-term and long-term success?”
- TONY EVERS: “The answer is no. United Way of Wisconsin did recent study. They found it 870,000 families in the state of Wisconsin can't afford the basics – that’s rent, that’s utilities, that’s food, that’s child care. That is not a recipe for success. Economic development in this state has to be a 72-county full-state initiative. We should be providing resources and technical assistance, instead of these hail-mary passes that we’re seeing from Scott Walker.”
- SCOTT WALKER: “We got to build off of the reforms we did. Years ago, when I first ran unemployment was at 9.3 percent. We lost 133,000 jobs in the term before we took office, and worst of all our graduates were leaving the state to go to other places to pursue their careers. Now in 2018, there's more people working than ever before in the history of the state. Unemployment has been at a 7-month, 3 percent or below, which is the previous all-time low. So, it's never been lower than it's been this year. Most of all, we've got more than 100,000 career opportunities posted just this week. That means we have more careers available than we have people unemployed to fill them. That will keep our graduates here in the state. We need to build off of that. My first term was all about jobs. Today, it's all about training the workforce. Going ahead, as I ask for a third and final term, I want to finish the job by making sure we keep that work force and add to it going forward. In contrast, Tony Evers wants to raise property taxes, income taxes, even the gas tax by as much as a $1 a gallon. You do that, that will cost us jobs and take us back to the bad days.”
QUESTION THREE (aired Oct. 18th)
According to "Healthcare.gov", currently, all Marketplace plans must cover treatment for pre-existing conditions, and no plan can reject you, charge more or refuse to pay "for essential health benefits for any condition you had before your coverage started." Do you support keeping this policy in its entirety, without any change or amendment?
- SCOTT WALKER: “Absolutely. Pre-existing conditions are going to be covered. They’re going to be covered today. They're going to be covered as long as I'm Governor. That's not the issue between me and Tony Evers. Pre-existing conditions will always be covered. What we want to do is bring premiums down and bring choices up. That's what her healthcare stability plan does. We just saw the latest word of that couple days ago when premium notices came out and premiums went down under the individual exchanges – just like we said they would. Tony Evers’ plan, on the opposite, would take us where Minnesota was years ago when premiums went up. So, my plan lowers premiums, would cover pre-existing conditions going forward. Tony Eves would see premiums go up.”
- TONY EVERS: “Absolutely. Pre-existing conditions impact 2.4 million people in the state of Wisconsin – and, I’m one of them. I’m a cancer survivor. I believe pre-existing condition protections have to be part and parcel with what's going on here in the state of Wisconsin. My appointment, Scott Walker, he's a bit confused about this issue. I asked him directly – not directly, but through the internet – and I said ‘Okay. Why are you in court to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, which would take away those protections? If you believe so much in that and want to help those 2.4 million people, drop that lawsuit.’ Crickets. So here's the deal when he comes to Eau Claire next week asking why he's in that have having that lawsuit.”