President Barack Obama has described Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal as an "assault on unions." The Republican leader of the Badger State is pushing for collective bargaining reform for public employees in an effort to reduce the State's deficit.
Although the Obama administration has not publicly commented on the protests in Wisconsin, several Republicans have criticized the President for offering his opinion on a State issue. During a Feb. 20 interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Obama's comments "inappropriate."
On FOX News Sunday, Walker suggested that the nation's commander-in-chief should worry about reducing his own deficit instead of interjecting in Wisconsin's affairs.
"The president ultimately should stay focused on fixing the Federal budget because they’ve got a huge deficit and, believe me, they got their hands full,” Walker told the news provider.
While Obama is trying to balance his allegiance to public workers with his efforts to appease budget-cutting conservatives, many Americans have sided against union organizations. According to media reports, a recent Rasmussen national poll reveals that 48 percent of respondents said that they agree with Governor Walker in the Wisconsin dispute, while 38 percent support unions and state employees.
Furthermore, a national Clarus Poll released earlier this month showed that 64 percent of voters said that government workers should not have union representation.