The debate is over, and tonight Scott Walker wins by a hefty 86 to 32 margin. The Milwaukee County Executive stayed on offense the entire debate while laying out specific, concrete proposals within the time limits allotted.
Tonight’s statewide-televised debate talked about economic issues and taxes. When it came to the issue of jobs, Mr. Walker promised to have an emergency legislative session on job creation. The sense of urgency coupled with a positive attitude allowed Mr. Walker to earn more favorable ratings during the entire debate. The best debate response other than jobs from Scott Walker is his firm opposition to high speed rail.
Tom Barrett was under pressure to do well tonight in spite of a CNN/Time Poll showing him down 11 points. Mr. Barrett did not score points on a handful of questions. Barrett was defensive for most of the debate by attacking Scott Walker instead of defending his economic proposals. This was evident during questions on BadgerCare, tax cuts, and high speed rail. Barrett’s evasion from answering the panelists questions were another reason why he performed poorly tonight.
The next Governor’s debate is on October 15th from Marquette Law School in Milwaukee. The debate is sponsored by WISN-TV and will be moderated by Mike Gousha of WISN. The second debate will be broadcast across the state on the same stations that carry UPFRONT with Mike Gousha.
Tomorrow, the debate scorecard will be explained in-depth here.