The Corner

Walker: ‘We are willing to take this as long as it takes’

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin told Fox News Sunday this morning that he will consider “every option” as he attempts to bring Democratic state senators back to the capitol to vote on his budget plan. “We are willing to take this as long as it takes,” he said. “We are doing the right thing.”

“My hope is that cooler minds will prevail,” Walker said. “Democracy is not about hiding out in other states.”

Walker acknowledged that his battle against the public-sector unions has “large ramifications” for the rest of the country, especially as fellow governors grapple with their own budget gaps. “For us, we have to do this,” he said. “For decades, we had leaders who pushed off the problem.”

President Obama, he added, should “stay focused on fixing the federal deficit.”

Walker cited Gov. Chris Christie (R., N.J.), Gov. Mitch Daniels (R., Ind.) and Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, as fellow fiscal hawks. “They’ve told me to hang in there,” he said.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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