Week In Review: Walker, Trump And ‘America’s Dairyland’

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In this screen shot made from a campaign video released on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker rides a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and touts his record ahead of his run for re-election. Walker released the minute-long video online ahead of the formal launch of his re-election campaign. Walker said that he will formally launch his campaign the first full week of November. AP Photo

Gov. Scott Walker begins his campaign for a third term, President Donald Trump rejects claims he disrespected a fallen soldier, and a top lobbyist’s call to remove “America’s Dairyland” from Wisconsin license plates. Our guests weigh in on those issues and other top state and national political stories in the Week in Review.

Walker plans to formally launch his re-election campaign on Nov. 5 at a manufacturing facility in Waukesha. He released an online ad on Wednesday touting his accomplishments while he is shown jogging, talking to manufacturing workers and riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle – and saying there’s “more work to be done.”

Florida congresswoman Frederica Wilson claimed that Trump, in a phone call, told the widow of a soldier killed in Niger that her husband “knew what he signed up for.” Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Wilson’s story was “totally fabricated,” though she later insisted she and others in the car heard him. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s press secretary, said that several White House officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, were in the room during the call.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce President Kurt Bauer suggested that the phrase “America’s Dairyland” on state license plates paints an incomplete picture of Wisconsin’s economy. He said on Monday that a more contemporary phrase, such as “Forward” – the state’s motto – would be a better fit since Wisconsin’s economy extends beyond agriculture. “America’s Dairyland” has graced license plates since 1940.

Does Walker deserve a third term in office or is it time to elect somebody else? What do you make of the story of Trump and the grieving family of a slain soldier? Should Wisconsin drop “America’s Dairyland” from its license plates? Give us a shout at 1-800-642-1234 or ideas@wpr.org. You can also tweet us @wprmornings or post on the Ideas Network Facebook page.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Mike Browne Guest
  • Owen Robinson Guest

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