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Newsmax Panel: Instead of Getting 'Trumped,' Walker Gives Facts

By    |   Monday, 27 July 2015 07:21 PM

Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker hasn't gotten "trumped" by stinging criticism from surging presidential primary rival Donald Trump – answering the attack with facts rather than an "antagonistic" tirade, Republican strategist Bradley Blakeman tells Newsmax TV.

In a panel discussion Monday led by "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth,
Craig Shirley, president of Shirley and Banister Public Affairs, adds that Walker has smartly figured out "the best way to refute a charge is with the facts and to lay them out calmly and in a measured fashion."

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Trump tore into Walker's record over the weekend,asserting "Wisconsin's doing terribly."

"First of all it's in turmoil, the roads are a disaster because they don’t' have any money to rebuild them, they're borrowing money like crazy, " Trump said.

"They projected $1 billion surplus and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. … the schools are a disaster and they're fighting like crazy because there's no money for the schools, the hospitals and education is a disaster, and he was totally in favor of Common Core."

But in an exclusive interview with Hayworth, Walker declared Wisconsin is in better shape than ever.

"There's a $3.6 billion budget deficit and we turned it into a surplus," he tells Hayworth in a portion of the exclusive sit-down aired on "Newsmax Prime."

"The budget I just signed is another budget where over the next two years we'll have the surplus going forward, our rainy day fund's 165 times bigger than when we took office. Our pension's the only one fully funded in the country, our schools are better off today. In fact, four years after our reforms, our graduation rates are higher, our third grade reading scores are higher, our ACT scores are now second best in the country, our hospitals now are ranked second best in the country. So the facts are the facts."

Blakeman praises the Wisconsin executive, noting "Trump makes accusations and Gov. Walker has facts."

"He didn't  get trumped into going back at Trump and using the same kind of antagonistic tactic that Trump likes and expects from his adversaries," Blakeman said. "He was very cool, calm, and collected… and went back at Donald Trump with facts. You can't refute the facts, it is what it is, and Donald Trump has a bad habit of making accusations and [is] light on facts.

Shirley also points out Trump is challenging the late President Ronald Reagan's so-called Eleventh Commandment.

"There's no doubt that he's bent the Eleventh Commandment and may have broken it with his personal comment about [GOP presidential candidate and former Texas Governor] Rick Perry a couple of days ago in a tweet about Rick Perry's IQ," Shirley said.

"Reagan didn't mean you couldn't criticism [other Republicans] over issues, but you shouldn't criticize their fidelity, their patriotism, or their sobriety and it seems that Donald Trump, at least in one regard, did.

"But otherwise he's pretty much abided by it. He's bent it a little bit, he's maybe dusted it up a little bit, but vigorous debate is the best way to produce a superior campaign and a superior candidate."

In that way, Shirley said, "Trump's presence is still a net plus."

"And that's really what's going to be best for the Republican Party," he said. "[H]is issues certainly are going to be at least part of the nomination process and from a historical standpoint that's a good thing."

Blakeman says he doesn't think Trump will remain atop the polls as he is now.

"His attacks on [Arizona Sen. John] McCain, Perry, and others are beyond the pale," he said. "It's not what should be the discourse of a serious politician. So right now he's an attraction, he's somebody who certainly knows how to get earned media…. [T]here's only a certain amount of time you can go with earned media where people are going to want to look behind the curtain and see that there's actually not only a desire to become president, but in infrastructure."

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