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Walker's Plans After Recall Win: Drink Wisconsin Beer, Ride Harley

In this April 17, 2012, photo Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in Springfield, Ill. An analysis of data by The Associated Press shows Walker quietly reinstated a program to give merit raises and bonuses to over 200 state workers even as he preached cost-cutting and pushed through a law reducing most public workers' pay and eliminating their union rights. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

photo of Alexandra  Jaffe
June 6, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, following his strong win in the state’s recall election on Tuesday night, is considering support from Wisconsinites not just a ticket to govern, but also a ticket to ride.

“I'm gonna go ride my Harley all around the state of Wisconsin. Who knows where I’ll end up. I’m just getting on the motorcycle and riding,” he said on Wednesday on Fox News’s Fox and Friends.

Walker trumped competitor Tom Barrett in Tuesday night’s election in a race considered by many to be a bellwether for November’s presidential election. Walker’s win is seen as a blow to Democrats and union organizers, but President Obama managed to pull off a win in the exit polls, gaining 51 percent of the vote to Mitt Romney's 44 percent – a fact that didn’t seem to faze Walker, who said Wisconsin was still “very competitive” and gave Romney some advice on winning there.

 

“The best thing he can do between now and November, because this is a very competitive state and we hope to see him here throughout the next several months ... is to get out and make a very compelling case about how he's willing to take on the tough challenges,” he said.

Romney, Walker said, was one of the first to call and congratulate him.

That willingness to take on tough issues was what propelled him to his win in Wisconsin, Walker asserted. The recall election was launched in response to Walker’s move to restrict collective bargaining rights for public worker unions, a move that outraged union supporters and Democrats across the state. But Walker said it was an example of his willingness to take on “tough challenges” and to think more about the younger generation “than just the next election.”

However, he said that moving forward, he wants both sides to come together “to move the state forward.” And he’ll promote that statewide unity in a way only Wisconsinites can: With beer and bratwursts for the state legislators next week. Of course, the beer will be only “good Wisconsin beer,” Walker said – Miller Lite or Leinenkugel (maybe a Honeyweiss), both local beers.

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