Romney Proclaims 'The Message of Wisconsin,' But Scott Walker Disagrees

Mitt Romney would love to associate himself with Scott Walker's victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday, but Walker is not so sure Romney gets it.

On Friday, Romney spoke out against Obama's plan to hire more government workers.

He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.

That's not "the message of Wisconsin," as Walker sees it.

Appearing today on Face the Nation, Walker rejected the idea that Wisconsin's decision was against the hiring of the government workers Romney invoked.

In my state, I know our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers and teachers. That's not what I think of when I think of big government.

Many Democrats latched on to Romney's comment. R.T. Rybak, vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, noted that Romney doesn't see police, firefighters, and teachers as "vital to our communities." It's not surprising that Romney's political opponents would pounce on him — but it's telling that even Walker disputes his remarks.

And Walker's not ready to call Wisconsin for Romney either. In fact, he criticized the Republican nominee for spending too much time railing against Obama and not enough time outlining his own policies.

People like [Wisconsin Representative] Paul Ryan and I and others hope that he goes big and he goes bold. I think that he's got the capacity to do that. I don't think that we win if it's just about a referendum on Barack Obama. I think it's got to be more.

In Walker's words, Wisconsin is "definitely in play" when it comes to the November election.

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