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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 02/25/2011

Palin, Gingrich, other possible GOP 2012 presidential candidates weigh in on state budget clashes

By Ariana Eunjung Cha

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."

Donate now to support Governor Walker and WI GOP senators as they attempt to restore fiscal sanity than a minute ago via web

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:

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 25, 2011; 11:43 AM ET
Categories:  2012 Presidential elections, States  
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The union-busting bill that Republican’s have rammed through the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature takes away collective bargaining rights from all public employees with local police, firefighters and state troopers being exempted by law.

However, more silently and like Kadafi the empowered man at the top will need to make certain that all of his Exempt Guard is unswervingly loyal---it should not take long to cull out any misfits and troublemakers.

Also, some funds will be found and expended to arm the firefighters with water cannons.

Posted by: Islewood | February 25, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I will support any Republican candidate who promises to bust public employee unions. Period.

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 25, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Smash Republicans wherever you find them! What is unsustainable is threatening working people with the National Guard, and million dollar bonuses for failed bankers, paid for by the taxes of the people they swindled. Muamar al-Walker wants to kill public employees rather than negotiate with them, except for the police. A despicable example of an American. Recall him!

Posted by: bong_jamesbong2001 | February 25, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Every hourly woeker in U.S. is obligated to the unions for battles and blood over the last hundred years for the "priveleges" they enjoy; 40hr/wk,8hr/day,sickpay,vacations,disability pay,retirement, soc.sec.,medicare and medicaid for the elederly and unfortunate. We are lucky public workers have held on and remain our last bastion.Private industry has beat down the efforts for unionizing in past 30 years, with aid of Republican party and the voters that have been deceived to beleive their heavily financed campaigns with big money trying to eliminate the sound of workers voices. If the Wi workers lose, you and your children stand to lose a lot more. One alone can not resist the power of the bosses and they have gained too much now.

Posted by: crcwin1 | February 25, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

many years ago i was against nafta and as active as possible in the failed campaign to stop it from passing. the attitude then was "i am going to college to learn computers, to be a teacher, or whatever, this treaty isnt a big deal" many in the education business even thought it good because people would need more education to have a standard of living and the government would pay or provide loans and the teachers would be doing better than ever. in the approx. 20 yeatrs since this treaty the on the books tax base economy has been decimated and our coasts have a huge underground service economy, maids, gardeners and so on for the bankers, computer types and so on and their really is no tax base!!! teachers as a group were on the wrong side of the trade debate and it is their turn to suffer with their neighbors, it is that frightening and that simple!!!

Posted by: oldnotgiftedandwhite | February 28, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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