August 28, 2015

Walker loses ground in latest Quinnipiac poll

Governor Walker in Iowa

Governor Walker in Iowa

A new national poll has Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in sixth place, among GOP presidential candidates. Walker polled at 6% in the latest survey from Quinnipiac University. A month ago, Walker was second in the same poll, at 13%.

Donald Trump continues to be the runaway leader with 28%. Ben Carson is next at 12% followed by Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz — each with 7%. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has a slimmer lead over Bernie Sanders. The poll found Joe Biden – who’s still considering a run – is the only Democrat who would beat Trump now.

Nearly 1600 registered voters were surveyed from last Thursday through Tuesday. The Republican candidate polling has an error margin of 3.8%.

Walker says China should be taken to the ‘woodshed’ (AUDIO)

Walker at Iowa State Fair PHOTO: Asya Akca)

Walker at Iowa State Fair (PHOTO: Asya Akca)

Despite drawing some criticism over calls on the White House to cancel an upcoming official state visit by China’s president, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker maintained that it’s the right move to make right now.

During a campaign stop in Iowa Thursday morning, Walker argued the U.S. should not be giving the country one of its highest honors “at a time we should probably be taking China to the woodshed for the fact that, just recently…they’ve been directly involved in cyber-attacks against the federal government of the United States.”

Critics of the Republican presidential candidate have been quick to point out that Walker has previously praised Chinese President Xi Jinping while on a trade mission to China in 2013. The governor claimed that his role at that time was different, citing his previously stated position that sitting governor’s should not comment on foreign policy issues while traveling abroad. “I believe there’s a long standing tradition…that you don’t undermine the President when you’re overseas and you don’t talk about foreign policy on behalf of the United States,” Walker argued.

AUDIO: Gov. Walker discusses difference in his takes on US-China relations (:37)

Walker also dismissed claims that cancelling the state visit could harm trade between the U.S. and China, which includes millions of dollars in exports from Wisconsin. He said that trade would have no reason to stop, and the move would “in no way undermine that.”

Walker is currently on a two-day swing through Iowa. He’s scheduled to deliver a foreign policy speech on Friday, during a stop in South Carolina.

Walker to complete a Southern swing

WRN file photo

WRN file photo

Call it Governor Scott Walker’s “southern strategy. Walker was in Alabama and Tennessee over the weekend, and completes a campaign trip through several Southern states on Monday with stops in North and South Carolina.

“This Southern swing is a signal of his intent to compete to win in early states, SEC Primary states, and beyond” the Walker campaign said.

The self-described “son of a preacher man” is counting on strong support from conservative Bible Belt Republicans to inject a note of optimism into his flagging presidential campaign. Early national polls continue to show unfiltered real estate mogul Donald Trump leading the pack of 17 declared GOP candidates, with former Florida governor Jeb Bush second and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson third.

The Wisconsin governor did fare well in one recent poll: the latest Marquette Law school poll had Walker as the preferred choice among 25 percent of likely GOP primary voters in Wisconsin.

Walker’s approval rating drops again in Marquette poll

Gov. Scott Walker (WRN photo)

Gov. Scott Walker (WRN photo)

Governor Scott Walker continues to hold a lead in Wisconsin, among Republican candidates for president. But his margin dropped in the latest Marquette Law School Poll. Twenty-five percent of Republican primary voters backed him, according to the poll results releasded on Thursday. Ben Carson was second with 13 percent, and Donald Trump third with eight percent among those voters. Poll director Charles Franklin said Walker was at 40 percent in April. “That’s quite a change” Franklin said.

The poll also found that fewer people think Walker is doing a good job as governor. His approval rating fell to 39 percent. It was 49 percent last October. Franklin said up until the April poll, Walker’s job approval had been consistently hovering around 50-percent.

The survey also found that fewer people think Walker is doing a good job as governor. His approval rating fell to 39 percent. It was 49 percent last October. In a head-to-head match-up with Hillary Clinton, the poll found Walker would lose by 10 points.

Complete poll numbers are available at

In other Walker news on Thursday, his office announced that the governor’s longtime chief of staff is stepping down. Eric Schutt is leaving “to pursue other opportunities and to spend more time with family.” The press release did not say what those opportunities might be.

Schutt played a key role in helping pass Walker’s three state budgets and his legislation repealing collective bargaining for most public employees. Schutt’s replacement will be Rich Zipperer, who has been deputy chief of staff since 2012. He will take over September fourth.

Walker unveils health care plan in Minnesota

IMAGE Minnesota News Network

IMAGE Minnesota News Network

Republican presidential hopeful, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was in Minnesota Tuesday, announcing his proposal to do away with the Affordable Care Act if he’s elected president. He said it’s a simple plan: “it starts out with the premise that on my very first day, I will send legislation to the Congress to once and for all repeal Obamacare entirely.”

Walker said his “Day One Patient Freedom Plan” would lower insurance premiums by eliminating regulations in the ACA. And it would remove the mandate that everyone purchase insurance. “And then along with that, we’re gonna replace it in a way that puts patients and your families back in charge of your healthcare decisions. Pretty simple idea.

Walker made the announcement at Cass Screw Machine Products in Brooklyn Center, a Twin Cities suburb.

Walker said he’ll give Congress incentives to go along with the proposal. “The great way to motivate the Congress to pass the reforms that we’re talking about is to make sure they have to live under the same Obamacare rules that the rest of America’s been put under over the last few years, right?”

“Walker’s supposed plan is not serious health policy. It is a campaign document which provides nothing more than window dressing for a massive roll-back of the freedom to access quality affordable health care,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “The American people are tired of the constant efforts to undermine health care reform. It’s time to recognize that the health care law is here to stay. Rather than going backwards, we need to work together to make the law better and lower costs.”

Minnesota News Network