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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

 8:09 PM 

Race will boil down to turnout, Walker says

Before the polls closed at 8 p.m., Gov. Scott Walker said the number of stops made in Wisconsin by both presidential campaigns shows the polls showing a close race are accurate.

“I know it will all boil down to turnout,” Walker told reporters before the start of U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson’s election night party in Pewaukee.

“As much as we all hate the negative ads and all that, the good thing for Wisconsin is we’re relevant,” he added.

Walker said Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is a tremendous leader no matter what the results are tonight.

“Paul Ryan’s credibility, I think, is as strong or stronger today than when he jumped on the ticket and that doesn’t always happen with candidates running for office,” said Walker, adding that he hopes, as the congressman’s friend, to be able to call him vice president.

Walker said that if Democrats win nationally but Republicans win in Wisconsin, the opportunities to get things done will be different, but progress can still be made.

“We’ve got a proven track record on the right issues of being able to work with members of both parties,” he said.

Moving forward, Walker said he plans to pursue things both parties can support, including mining legislation. Asked what else he would pursue, Walker said most of the items would be addressed in the budget. He said there would be action on income taxes.

“There’s no doubt there will be, the question is to what degree” Walker said, noting the current tax code disadvantages the middle class. He said he wants to give that group relief while also helping small businesses.

Walker also said he had not made a decision on whether to pursue health care exchanges if President Barack Obama wins re-election. He said he would not have to make a decision until later this month.

-- By Arthur Thomas


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