Wisconsin Democrats focused heavily on the issue of healthcare in a rally held Wednesday morning ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival in Green Bay to campaign with Governor Scott Walker.
State Senators Dave Hansen and Caleb Frostman both addressed the media at the event, along with Brown County Board Supervisor and State Assembly Candidate Staush Gruszynski.
Sen. Hansen told Local 5 that change is needed at all levels of government.
“We need balance so we can work together to get things done together, which are going to benefit the state,” he said. “It shouldn’t be about all the corporate welfare they’ve talked about. It should be about everybody. The middle class has to be reestablished, we have got to take care of everybody in this state and we’re just not doing it.”
Governor Walker’s history with healthcare policy was called into question at the event, and the Vice President’s endorsement of him was used as an example of Walker supporting the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“I think this trip by Vice President Mike Pence highlights just how clear our choice is this November,” Gruszynski said. “I talk to folks every day in Green Bay at the doors, and healthcare is an issue that comes up pretty frequently.”
Sen. Frostman said the Vice President’s trip also shows the party’s concern with the tight gubernatorial race between Gov. Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers.
“These folks are seeing a really strong challenge from democrats this November,” Sen. Frostman said. “I think the democrats have be resonating really well as far as the issues, we talk about the issues and we stick to them, folks really believe what democrats are talking about so I think whether it’s Scott Walker or other statewide republicans, they’re concerned, and i think they have a right to be.”
Sen. Hansen agreed that the visit from the Vice President could indicate GOP concern.
“I think they’re afraid that Tony’s winning,” he said. ” And that’s a good thing because we need balance in government, we’ve got to get back to that. We need change at the federal level, we need change in the state level, and he will make a difference. And we’ve got a chance, we’ve got great candidates in the State Senate and Assembly. There will be change happening November Sixth.”
Wisconsin Democrats also held a similar event in Eau Claire Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Vice President’s stop there.