Governor Walker responds to a video of him saying, last year, he will “divide and conquer” when discussing unions. The footage is of a conversation with a donor just prior to last spring’s introduction of the collective bargaining bill. Walker clarifies what he meant.
AUDIO: Walker on right-to-work comment (1:14)
Walker also says he would not support right-to-work legislation because private sector unions are his allies and cites his work with them on road building. When asked whether he’d veto such a bill, the governor says it wouldn’t even reach his desk.
Walker also took jabs at his Democratic opponent and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “This is a guy who raised taxes and fees 43 percent, and in turn unemployment went up 28 percent.” The governor says most business owners he’s spoken with just want to move past the recall.
The governor made his comments at a press conference at the start of the Republican Party of Wisconsin annual convention which goes until Sunday.