CHICAGO – Gov. Scott Walker might have been absent from CPAC Chicago Friday, but he was present in spirit in the form of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) who has been held up as a possible GOP vice presidential nominee.
Johnson laughed at an anti-Walker protester who cried that “democracy died” when Walker beat the recall. The Senator fired back saying that “what is happening in Wisconsin” right now is “democracy.”
The Senator praised Scott Walker for reducing Wisconsin’s budget deficit, saying that voters stand behind politicians who are willing to make tough choices and fix deficits without raising taxes.
He was one of 16 Senators who voted for Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) budget plan that would have balanced the budget over five years.
Johnson further praised the free market, saying that the economic recovery in spite of government interference has been a marvelous thing. He called upon the federal government to “get out of the way,” and said that we will be “amazed” at how quickly the economy turns around if it does.
The final message from Johnson is that the fight has just begun. While volunteers are weary and donors feel tapped out, “Tough.”