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Text of Gov. Scott Walker's Speech at Republican National Convention

In comments that were broadcast nationwide, governor talks about the recall election and how ultimately "the hard-working taxpayers won."

Below is the text of the speech that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Thank you and good evening.

On June 5th, voters in Wisconsin were asked to choose between going backwards to the days of double-digit tax increases, billion dollar budget deficits and record job losses, or moving forward with reforms that lowered the tax burden, balanced the budget and helped small businesses create more jobs.

On June 5th, voters in my swing state were asked to decide if they wanted elected officials who measure success by how many people are dependent on the government, or if they wanted leaders who believe success is measured by how many people are not dependent on the government, because they control their own destiny in the private sector.

On June 5th, voters in Wisconsin got to determine who was in charge — was it the big government special interests in Washington... or the hard-working taxpayers of our state.

The good news is that — on June 5th — the hard-working taxpayers won.

"Mitt Romney understands, like I understand, that people — not governments — create jobs."


Just ask Sandy Breth why that's important.

When the economy took a dive a few years ago, she took a pay cut. Not long after that, she lost her job. Today, however, she's working at G3 Industries in Mosinee, Wisconsin. In fact, she just received a promotion.

G3 is one of those companies that added jobs during the past year, and now has plans to add even more. The owner told me that he's creating additional jobs in Wisconsin because he likes the way we are moving our state forward — and he's even more committed since the election.

Without our positive changes, he told me he would not have had the confidence to grow his business in Wisconsin.

Improving the business climate is not only good for small business owners; it's good for people like Sandy and her family.

We need more stories like hers in America because the past couple of years have been well, pretty tough.

Like many places across the country, Wisconsin lost more than 100,000 jobs from 2008 to 2010. Unemployment during that time topped out at over 9 percent.

But because of our reforms, Wisconsin has added thousands of new jobs and our unemployment rate is down from when I first took office.

Equally as important, we improved the economic climate for job creators.

Today, 94 percent of our employers believe Wisconsin is headed in the right direction. That compares to just 10% who thought the same thing two years ago.

Elections have consequences!

As was the case in Wisconsin two years ago, too many Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction.

But Mitt Romney understands, like I understand, that people — not governments — create jobs.

With that in mind, my administration is making it easier for people to create jobs in Wisconsin.

Our reforms put the hard working taxpayers back in charge — people like Sandy Breth.

"Now, more than ever, we need reformers: leaders who think more about the next generation than just the next election."

Sadly, the federal government seems to be going in the opposite direction.

Nationally, we've experienced 42 consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent. Last month, 44 of the 50 states saw an increase in the unemployment rate. And more than 12 million of our fellow citizens are unemployed.

We need someone to turn things around in America.

That leader is Governor Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney turned businesses around in the private sector. He saved the Winter Olympics.

And he balanced state budgets without raising taxes, and in a way that helped the private sector create more jobs.

Then, with the announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate, Governor Romney not only showed that he has the experience and the skill needed to become president, he showed he has the courage and the passion to be an exceptional president.

With this pick he showed us that the "R" next to his name doesn't just stand for Republican, it stands for "Reformer."

Now, more than ever, we need reformers: leaders who think more about the next generation than just the next election.

That's what you get from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

In a few weeks, we will celebrate the 225th anniversary of our federal Constitution. Moments like that remind us that what makes America so great, what makes us exceptional, is that throughout our history, in moments of crisis, be they economic or fiscal, military or spiritual.

What makes America amazing is that there have always been men and women of courage who were willing to think more about the future of their children and grandchildren than they did about their own political careers.

Let this be one of those moments. Let this be our time in history so that someday we can tell our children and grandchildren that we were there, that we changed the course of history for the better.

Let us tell them that we helped elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to save America.

Thank you.

dee50 August 30, 2012 at 06:20 AM
@Craig, you say "and when the US defaults on it's obligations because we are broke- noone will have either OblamaCare or Medicare, no SSI checks, no jobs, no money- just the way he wants it." Don't be so dramatic, Craig. The Republicons have been fearing this line (Medicare) since the Goldwater days, heck even before that and guess what it's still here. Stop buying into the BS! Republicans priorities are for the Rich and unless if you are in that 1% why do you argue against your own best interest? If you are not part of the 1% is it because you wish upon a star that someday you will be Rich, therefore you can benefit from their low tax rates! Why should 2/3 Corporations pay no taxes, why should some pay 13.9% (Romney) or less then other Americans. Why should Corporations receive tax breaks that are paid by Americans to open new factories abroad..I can go on and on and on! BTW raise the Cap on Social Security..There it's fixed. That didn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out! Oh no, the Cons can't do that they have that Norquist pledge they signed, including Ryan, and Romney. We are at the lowest tax rates in over 60 years and the majority of the Republicons are signing pledges to some lobbyist, brilliant!
dee50 August 30, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul. "It's very hard to understand where the impression has come about that we currently have high taxes, or that our taxes are high in relation to those of other rich countries," Federal Tax Rate At Lowest Level In Over 60 Years, Bartlett Says By William Alden on May 31st, 2011 http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/04/regulation-and-unemployment/?scp=5&sq=Bruce%20Bartlett&st=cse United States Ranks at The Bottom In Total Taxation http://www.politicususa.com/en/united-states-total-taxation
dee50 August 30, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Governor Mitt Romney Signs " Norquists Taxpayer Protection Pledge" A member since 2007! www.presidency.ucsb.eduhttp://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=95745#ixzz1xd7h37GL Norquist Tells GOP That Raising Taxes On The Middle Class Doesn’t Count As A Tax Increase http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/01/380129/norquist-gop-middle-class-ta/ Grover Norquist: Trying To Stop Billionaires From Dodging Taxes Makes You A Nazi http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/05/21/487465/norquist-billionaire-taxes-nazis/?mobile=nc
Bob McBride August 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM
You guys created Scott Walker. Until you all got your undies in a bundle and decided to have your recall, he was, basically, just another forgettable midwestern governor. This was going to be your battleground for taking back what you believed was stolen from you in 2010. Wisconsin was going to lead the way and you fully expected to be celebrated by your party. Instead, exactly the opposite happened. It happened because you miscalculated the publics inability to discern "the sky is falling" from reality. And reality won out. It must be painful for you folks. Thanks to folks like Rience Priebus, Scott Walker and Paul Ryan, America doesn't think of Wisconsin as the home of Progressivism anymore. And you guys, in large part, are to thank for that. Because without the recall there's no Scott Walker, there's no national focus on a solid, successful Republican defense and there's probably no Paul Ryan in the VP slot. Good work, guys. THINK, next time before you decide to go the hairfire route. It has a lot of unintended consequences that may gnaw at your gut for a long, long time.
Terry August 31, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Actually Tosa, there is some truth in there somewhere, although you have to dig through a lot of stuff to get to it: "Surprising to me is that people are not thinking about their own personal interests when voting" Exactly right. People are not thinking right now only about what the government can give them, and that is where progressive liberalism fails. Only when people stop thinking about themselves, and start thinking about the country, will we be able to get a real handle on solving our spending problems. That is why you saw so many public employees "cross over" in large numbers during the recall election.

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