Walker calls for new GOP message
MADISON — Republican Gov. Scott Walker is using his new book to renew his criticism of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and raise his own national profile as a reformer who took on public sector unions and won.
Walker's book provides a detailed account of his 2011 battle against public unions, the campaign he won against their efforts to recall him, and his unhappiness with Romney and other Republicans he says didn't learn the lessons of his political victories. The volume could set the stage for Walker's own candidacy in the future.
The Associated Press on Friday obtained a copy of Walker's book, "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge," before its scheduled release Nov. 19.
Walker's book includes an excoriation of Barack Obama's presidency and Washington politics, saying Obama has laid out a second term agenda that "doubles down on the failures of his first." He says Wisconsin's Republican-led policies have shown a better way forward for the country.
"If we can do it in Wisconsin, it can be done anywhere," Walker writes. "Conservatives need to stop playing by the rules set by the left. With creativity and a little innovation, we can redefine the debate on our terms."
Democrats who fought Walker's agenda in the Legislature, and who helped organize the recall attempt, said his book was nothing more than fodder for a future campaign.
"I've never met anyone who wants to be president more," said U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Madison who served in the state Assembly during the union fight. "We knew the book was coming. We know he's traveling all over the country. It would be nice if he put even a portion of that energy into creating jobs in Wisconsin."