Walker to Romney: Channel Reagan

Mitt needs to get serious about reform to win in November
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2012 11:11 AM CDT
Mitt Romney speaks with supporters of Gov. Scott Walker at a phone bank during a stop in Fitchburg, Wis., Saturday, March 31, 2012.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – Scott Walker, who's had to win a couple of elections in short order, has a little advice for the man who wants to abscond with the Oval Office come November: Win one with the Gipper. “I just hope he takes a page out of President Reagan’s playbook in 1980," Walker told Face the Nation this morning. Reagan's first victory "was not only a referendum on the failed policies of President Carter," but also Reagan's clear vision for the country. "The 'R' next to the name cannot be just about being Republican, it’s got to be about reformer," Walker says. "I think he's got the capacity to do that." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Walker on Romney's chances in Wisconsin: "Six months ago, I think the White House had it firmly in their column. I think it is up in the air."
  • Mitch Daniels' advice for Romney: “He’s got to build a consensus across a broad spectrum of Americans to make the big changes we need to restore a vibrant private sector. He better have an affirmative, constructive message, one of hope. I think that he will and that’s why ultimately I think he will prevail.”
  • David Axelrod's advice for Romney's plans to cut firefighters, cops, and teachers: “I would suggest he’s living on a different planet if he thinks that’s a prescription for a stronger economy."
  • Rick Santorum on his vice presidential prospects: “No one’s asked me for anything right now. If he calls me, I’ll answer the phone call but I’m not anxious to get back involved in the fray right now.”
  • And Mike Huckabee on his: "I think there’s a greater likelihood that I’ll be asked by Madonna to go on tour as her backup than I’ll be picked to be on the ticket.”

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