The governor says his many Democratic challengers are “all the same,” and his biggest concern about his 2018 re-election bid is “outside money.”
“They’re all far to the left, all (would) take us back, as we said before, to the kind of policies we saw that lost us 133,000 jobs in the four years before we took office,” Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.
“The biggest fear that I, and a lot of our supporters have is not the candidate, it’s the outside money,” Walker said, citing the role third-party groups played in Virginia’s race for governor earlier this month.
Walker said left-leaning groups have stated they intend to raise millions “to take on me and 12 other Republican governors next year.”
“They’d like to take me out for a lot reasons far, far bigger than just this election,” Walker said.
To counter this, Walker said he will need “an army of grassroots volunteers.” He also said the fundraising environment could be tight with so many races for governor going on next year.
“In terms of external money, I think I’m going to be left pretty much on my own to raise money here in the state of Wisconsin,” he said.
Walker also said voter turnout will be a big factor in next year’s election.
“I need heavy turnout amongst independents,” he said.
Gousha asked Walker if he would embrace President Trump as he campaigns for a third term as governor.
“If it’s good for Wisconsin, I’ll align myself with him,” Walker said. “If I don’t, I’ll find other ways to push things forward.”
Gousha also asked Walker if Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside after several women said Moore tried to date them when they were teenagers several decades ago.
“If it’s true,” Walker said. “I don’t know if it’s true, but if it is, obviously he should step aside.”
Walker also discussed Foxconn and the UW restructuring plan being pursued by UW System President Ray Cross.
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