Governor Scott Walker has no regrets over his biggest campaign promise. It was the signature statement of his 2010 campaign for governor – a promise to create 250,000 new private sector jobs in Wisconsin during his first term as governor.
That never panned out – but Walker said Tuesday that he has no regrets. “We’ve met almost every one of our promises. We still have some work to do on a few, and we’re hoping for four more years to continue to do that,” Walker said.
Walker’s Democratic opponent Mary Burke has focused her campaign on the economy – and Walker’s failure to deliver on that jobs promise.
Walker likened his challenge on jobs creation to that of a football coach taking over a team with an 0-16 record. “I think people in this state want us to aim high. We aimed to have a Super Bowl performance economy. We think we’re headed in the right direction, but we still have more work to do.”
It’s a direction that won’t include making Wisconsin a right to work state – at least not if Walker has anything to say about the matter. “I’m making it clear in this campaign, as I will make it clear in the next session, that that’s not something that’s a part of my agenda,” Walker said. He stopped short of saying that he’d veto such a bill if it were to pass the legislature. “My point is I’m not pushing for it.”