This post is part of our coverage of the 2017 state GOP convention in Wisconsin Dells. See more coverage here.
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch said Republicans need to “bring it” in 2018 in order to see victory.
Kleefisch said Democrats are attempting to organize and that Republicans can’t expect any advantage in 2018.
“We need to meet them toe to toe; We can’t expect any advantages this time around,” Kleefisch said. “We need to bring it in 2018.”
But Kleefisch said Republicans in Wisconsin have already been bringing it in many ways.
She noted property taxes are lower that when Walker took office and Walker has proposed investing another $20 million into the state’s rainy day fund to bring it up to $300 million.
Kleefisch, who co-chaired the Walker’s opioid task force, also focused on opiod addiction in the state, saying it know no bounds.
She asked attendees to not only back the work of the task force and the Legislature, but said, “we also need to lift up and support our law enforcement.”
Kleefisch, who was wearing a pin with both the American and Israeli flag, railed against the student government at UW-Madison, which voted to divest from Israel.
She said the measure was “an attack on our best ally in the Middle East.”
She also called for the protection of the free speech rights of conservative on campus.
Kleefisch drew standing applause when she called for attendees to urge their legislators to “prove their allegiance to those who are most vulnerable” y passing a bill to ban the “trafficking of body parts” of the unborn.
During her speech, she also said her daughter misses spending time with Walker’s sons. She said the three used to spend a lot of time together on the campaign trail. She drew applause when she said she told her daughter, “maybe, you’ll get to do that again.”