Palin, Gingrich, other possible GOP 2012 presidential candidates weigh in on state budget clashes
More and more potential 2012 presidential candidates are taking positions on the budget standoff in Wisconsin.
President Obama's views on the issues have been well-publicized. Accusing Scott Walker, Wisconsin's new Republican governor, of unleashing an "assault" on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, Obama has helped mobilize protests across the country.
Here's what some of his possible GOP opponents in 2012 have to say:
Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor
On her Facebook page, Palin said, "you don't have to kowtow to the union bosses who are not looking out for you, but instead are using you. Wisconsin union bosses want union members out in the streets demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for unsustainable benefits packages."
Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor
Romney's Free and Strong America PAC has cut a $5,000 contribution check, the maximum allowable, to the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
"Liberal big government interests are fighting efforts to rein in out-of-control public employee pay and benefits in Wisconsin. It is critical that we stand with the Wisconsin GOP as it stands up for the rights of the taxpayer."
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Newt Gingrich, former House speaker
In an online message to supporters, Gingrich wrote that "it is vital that every one of us help Governor Scott Walker today."
Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor
Pawlenty's political action committee released a short video, "Standing with Scott," in support of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:
Ariana Eunjung Cha
| February 25, 2011; 11:43 AM ET
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