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Did Scott Walker's Recall Win Pave the Way for a Romney Victory?

Did Scott Walker's Recall Win Pave the Way for a Romney Victory?

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker handily defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Tuesday in a recall election—only the third gubernatorial recall in U.S. history. Efforts for Walker's recall came with massive demonstrations protesting his budget-cutting policies that also went after union rights. Organized labor, which drove the recall measures, make up an important part of President Barack Obama's support; Wisconsin voted solidly blue in 2008. Former Gov. Mitt Romney, who secured the delegates necessary for the GOP nomination last week, has aligned himself with Walker, even calling Walker to congratulate him on his win Tuesday night and offering a statement of support for "what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around."

Though Wisconsin typically leans left, Romney supporters say the Walker victory puts the Badger State in play come November. But the failed recall has consequences outside the Wisconsin borders as well. Other Tea Party-backed governors like Florida's Rick Scott, Ohio's John Kasich, and South Carolina's Nikki Haley may be inspired to embark on drastic cuts to public spending and union rights similar to those passed by Walker. Furthermore, political analysts have long viewed Wisconsin—both the birthplace of the Republican Party and ground zero for progressive labor reform—as a microcosm for American politics at large. Conservative activists can now argue that Walker's fiscal reforms both work and have his constituents' approval, and thus, the country would get behind a similar Romney platform. However, Obama supporters are quick to point out that the president still edged out Romney in the recall's exit polls, that Walker vastly outspent Barrett, and that liberal voters will be energized by the recall. Did Walker's recall win pave the way for a Romney victory? Here is the Debate Club's take:


The Arguments

#1
46 Pts
Scott Walker's Win Strengthens Mitt Romney's Candidacy

Yes – Scott Walker's Win Strengthens Mitt Romney's Candidacy

John M. O'Hara Author of 'A New American Tea Party'

#2
30 Pts
Scott Walker's Victory Shows Voters Want a Smaller Government

Yes – Scott Walker's Victory Shows Voters Want a Smaller Government

James Sherk Senior Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation

#3
18 Pts
Republicans and Mitt Romney Will Feed Off Scott Walker Win

Yes – Republicans and Mitt Romney Will Feed Off Scott Walker Win

Ron Bonjean Former Chief of Staff for the Senate Republican Conference

#5
-10 Pts
Mitt Romney Needs to Campaign, Connect to Ensure His Victory
#6
-31 Pts
Too Soon to Tell Whether Scott Walker Paves the Way for Mitt Romney

No – Too Soon to Tell Whether Scott Walker Paves the Way for Mitt Romney

Karlyn Bowman Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

#7
-40 Pts
Walker's Win Shows Big Money Can Trump Grassroots Fervor

No – Walker's Win Shows Big Money Can Trump Grassroots Fervor

Krystal Ball MSNBC Contributor and Former Democratic Nominee for Congress

#8
-44 Pts
Only Time Will Tell What Scott Walker's Victory Means for Barack Obama

No – Only Time Will Tell What Scott Walker's Victory Means for Barack Obama

Michael Kazin Author of 'American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation'


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