By Jonathan Easley - 08/19/13 11:59 AM EDT
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Monday said Republicans in Washington need to lay out specific alternatives to the Democratic agenda rather than just seeking to block it at every turn.
“As governors, as state leaders, we’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington,” Walker said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." “We’re not just against something. We’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision. You don’t just sit back and nick the other guy — you have to lay out a plan.”
Last week, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said that for all the GOP’s bluster about repealing ObamaCare, they have “zero” alternatives.
Walker on Monday also criticized Republicans who are threatening a government shutdown in an attempt to defund the president’s healthcare law.
“I have real problems obviously with ObamaCare,” he said.
“But I think most Americans, even if they don’t like the size or growth of government, they still want something to work, something very fundamentally to work, and that’s a difference again between Washington and the state level,” he continued.
Walker also criticized Washington Republicans for framing arguments in terms that he says are a turnoff to voters. The governor said lawmakers should look to the states where the GOP has the majority of governorships and state legislatures to learn how to speak to voters.
“We talk in terms that are more relevant,” he said. “Sequester, for most people, it just goes right over their head. Debt ceilings, fiscal cliffs — we talk about making our kids’ schools better; we talk about balancing our budgets so we can live within our means; we talk about helping our neighbor get a job again.”
Walker is considered a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate.