Tom Barrett greets supporters in Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — Milwaukee mayor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett said today that he doesn’t think President Obama’s recent show of support — a tweet, a fundraising email, and a web video — was too little, too late, as some observers have alleged.
“We’re very pleased with the support we’ve received,” Barrett said in response to BuzzFeed’s question at a press availability after a meet-and-greet at an Obama campaign office in North Milwaukee.
Barrett said his campaign “started as a grassroots movement, and it will end as a grassroots movement. And I think that that’s fitting.”
“Of course, if anybody wants to come here and help me campaign, I’d love to have it. But I never felt for one second that that’s what I wanted to do, and quite honestly that’s one of the differences between me and Scott Walker in this campaign,” Barrett said. “I never wanted to make this a national race.”
“I thought this should be about Wisconsin values.”
Barrett struck a slightly fatalistic note when asked what his election would mean for the labor movement, and predicted tomorrow’s “post-mortems” in the news.
“I’m sure that there are going to be postscripts and post-mortems about the labor movement, and about the White House, about Scott Walker, about me,” Barrett said.
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- dorothycharlesbanks thinks Barrett Says He's Not Displeased ... is Fail
This was a local recall election. There was nothing President Obama could have done to sway the vote. Voters can be fickle and subject to being influenced by political ads and speeches that don’t pass the smell test. Last night Walker won the race but the American people lost, because voters on both sides gave away Wisconsin’s democracy to wealthy donors, who do not have their interests at heart. Walker has been caught on video and on telephone telling his rich supporters what they can expect of him. I have to assume that people in Wisconsin don’t believe what they hear, or sincerely believe that their lives will improve when the burden of balancing the states budget falls on their backs. Romney said immediately after the election that this will be a model to use in the presidential election. He outspent his opponents in the primaries. Not only will Citizens United buy the presidency in November, Republicans governors are already depriving legitimate voters the right to voter. The way I see it, it doesn’t matter how much money Citizens United pours into campaigns, people power can overrule dollars. Republicans are pushing toward a one party state. If voters can’t see that this country is heading toward a plutocracy, it will be too late when they finally realize what happened. Democracy should never be for sale.
- bxmedic19 thinks Barrett Says He's Not Displeased ... is Fail