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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Union Money Fueling Tight Race

By    |   Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 10:22 AM

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker told "Fox & Friends" that union money supporting his Democratic challenger is fueling his tight race for re-election.

Walker is facing Democrat Mary Burke, who served as state commerce secretary under former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. It's Walker's second major challenge to hold onto his office, having survived a recall attempt in 2012, prompted by anger over a state law he promoted that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public employees.

"There's a lot of money coming in from big-time unions here to try and take us back" to a Democratic administration, Walker said Wednesday. "We're going to be fine. But, it's going to be tight here."

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Another reason for the dead heat in the race is that Wisconsin is a "blue leaning state," Walker said, having failed to elect a Republican for president "since I was in high school 30 years ago in 1984."

Polls show the Wisconsin incumbent edging ahead of his opponent 47 to 46.7 percent, according to Realclearpolitics.com.

During his tenure, Walker said he had "met just about every one" of the promises he made when he took office. While he explained his administration aimed "big," he said his opponent "created about half as many jobs in the three years she worked for Jim Doyle, as I did in my first three years."

Walker also invited comparisons about his accomplishments since taking office in 2011.

"I had to make up for the 133,000 jobs we lost under Jim Doyle's last term. We've made more than 100,000 new jobs. Our unemployment is the lowest it's been since 2008," he said. "We've put $2 billion back in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers. We've frozen tuition in all of our University of Wisconsin campuses."

There's speculation Walker may run for president in 2016, but the field of GOP candidates could include 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has said he wouldn't seek the presidency again, but on Tuesday said, "Circumstances can change."

Walker said Romney "would have been a great president," but added "he had a chance two years ago."

"It's clear every day that if we'd made a different decision two years ago, America would be in a much better place than we are today," Walker said of the last presidential election.

Walker said he was "frustrated" with Romney's campaign in 2012, explaining he could have won if he had presented himself as a "reformer that was going to make America better."

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