Red, White and Blue
Walker focused on 'moving Wisconsin forward'; won't change schedule after death threats
MADISON- Governor Walker is making calls to business owners, legislative opponents and visited a manufacturing plant on the morning after winning a historic recall election.
Walker, in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure, said he keeps planning "to move Wisconsin forward," and work together with Democratic opponents.
The governor said his wife Tonette recommended that he invite all legislators over to eat brats, burgers and have a few drinks as early as next week in an effort to "thaw the ice" between politicians.
Walker said he is focused on getting bipartisan support on his long term goals of improving the quality of life, creating jobs and expanding small businesses in Wisconsin.
Walker also received some death threats Wednesday, he said those threats "won't affect my public schedule." He expressed disappointment that some people resorted to those tactics. Walker is taking those threats seriously -- but said he is confident in his security detail. Walker said the threats aren't the first and he doesn't expect them to be the last.
In the state Senate race between Van Wanggaard and John Lehman, Walker said he is monitoring the race, but isn't sure that race could impact that legislature too much. The governor noted the legislative session is out and that a special or extraordinary session is the only way a Democratic or Republican Senate majority could matter before the November election.
In November, 16 of the 33 Senate seats are up for election.
Walker's recall election has gained some national attention and if Mitt Romney, the Republican Presidential candidate, called the governor to be his VP candidate, Walker would tell him, "Call (Janesville Representative) Paul Ryan."
Walker believes that Romney doesn't need a Wisconsin politician to run on his ticket to win the Badger State. The governor said Romney can win Wisconsin and the White House with clear plans on how to handle the country's tough issues.