Michael Reagan Says 'Win One for the Gipper' in New Pro-Walker Ad
Tea party group's latest ad features son of Ronald Reagan comparing Gov. Scott Walker to conservative icon.
With a little more than a week to go until Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election, a national tea party group on Monday released a TV ad in which the son of President Ronald Reagan invokes the memory of his father while giving his strong support to Gov. Scott Walker.
In the ad, paid for by the Campaign To Defeat Barack Obama, Michael Reagan, a conservative commentator, compares Wisconsin's Republican governor to his father and even uses the phrase: "Win this one for the Gipper."
"We need leaders like Scott Walker," Reagan says in the ad. "He's a reminder of somebody named Reagan from a long time ago.
"Scott Walker, because of what he's doing, has turned a negative into a positive — bringing businesses back into Wisconsin (and) getting people back into Wisconsin," Regan adds. "Why in the world would the people in Wisconsin want to go back to those days of yesteryear — when the budget was out of control, jobs were not available — is beyond me."
The ad then includes some testimonials from Walker supporters from around Wisconsin and wraps up with Reagan saying: "Win this one for the Gipper," a line that Ronald Reagan used in the film "Knute Rockne: All American" and later throughout his presidency.
The ad is just the latest example of how national tea party organizations have been lining up to show their support of Walker, who is facing Democrat Tom Barrett in the June 5 recall election.
The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama has been sending fundraising emails out all over the country, usually linking the Wisconsin recall election to Obama's re-election campaign.
And last week, the national Tea Party Express made a stop in Milwaukee to formally endorse Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who is being challenged by Democrat Mahlon Mitchell in the recall election.
The Tea Party Express also will bring its "Reclaiming Our Future" bus tour to Wisconsin from Friday until Election Day. The tour in support of Walker, Kleefisch and the four Republican senators also being targeted for recall, will make stops as far north as Rhinelander and as far south as Racine.
In January, Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty and We The People of the Republic recruited nearly 10,000 volunteers to scour over signed recall petitions to scrutinize the validity of signatures.