Pence calls Evers ‘big government, big labor liberal’

GREEN BAY — Vice President Mike Pence took a series of shots at Tony Evers at a Green Bay fundraiser this afternoon, calling the Dem guv candidate a “big government, big labor liberal” while drawing a contrast to Gov. Scott Walker.

He also teased an upcoming Wisconsin visit by President Trump.

Praising the guv as a “commonsense conservative” with a track record of “creating jobs and prosperity” throughout the state, Pence said though he believes “with all my heart” Wisconsin would re-elect Walker, “it’s going to take all of us to do it.”

Pence, standing before a crowd of supporters at a state Republican Party fundraiser at the Oneida Golf & Country Club, also hit on Evers’ comments that “everything is on the table” in regard to a gas tax upper and his openness to looking at other potential tax increases.

“Translation, your tax cut is on the table, your paycheck is on the table, your wallet is on the table,” Pence said. “Wisconsin needs to vote to send Scott Walker back to the governor’s office to keep your paycheck, your wallet, your tax cut off the table.”

Pence’s visit to Wisconsin today, which included a second stop in Eau Claire for an additional fundraiser with Walker, is his latest since Aug. 30, when he went to Milwaukee to headline an event for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir.

Trump, Pence said, is slated to come to Wisconsin “in just a few days,” though the state GOP and White House didn’t immediately provide details. This would be the president’s first visit in the run-up to the general election; he was last in Wisconsin at the end of June for Foxconn’s groundbreaking in Mount Pleasant.

Dems used Pence’s visit to knock Republicans on healthcare, including Walker’s refusal to accept federal money to expand Medicaid and the lawsuit AG Brad Schimel filed, with teh guv’s approval, that could overturn the Affordable Care Act. If successful, Dems warned, it would end protections for pre-existing conditions outlined in Obamacare.

Dem state Sen. Caleb Frostman, who won a special election in June for his northeastern Wisconsin seat, questioned how Walker could turn down federal money to expand Medicaid but find $3 billion for a state tax incentive for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to locate in southeastern Wisconsin.

“I don’t know what Wisconsin these folks are living in, but if someone’s making $16,000 a year, that’s the exact person we should be helping with the Medicaid expansion,” said Frostman, who’s up for re-election in November.

Evers, meanwhile, again called on Walker to drop out of the 20-state lawsuit looking to overturn the Affordable Care Act in response to the fundraisers today.

“When I’m governor, I’ll direct the state to drop this lawsuit my very first day in office,” Evers said in a new video he put out today. “Because everybody should have access to affordable, quality health care.”

See more in today’s PM Update.

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