Reporting from Washington — As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prepares to make his case to the public, a new poll commissioned by his union adversaries finds state voters are not fully embracing his proposals to balance the state's books, including stripping state workers of collecting bargaining rights.
Walker's office announced Monday night that the governor "will directly address the residents of Wisconsin" Tuesday night in a live address — which it is calling a "Fireside Chat," an homage to the Depression-era radio addresses from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Walker plans "to discuss our current fiscal year challenges, the divisions which have arisen over the past week and his positive vision for moving Wisconsin forward," his office says.
The governor has also appeared on national television to defend his proposals.
"If I have to choose between the demands of a few unions leaders, particularly those leaders from outside of Wisconsin, or standing with the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin, I'm going to stand with the taxpayers," the Republican governor said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, labor demonstrations continue in the state capital of Madison, and Democratic state senators continue their refuge outside the state as they seek to block Republicans from bringing Walker's proposals to a vote.