There's nearly a year to go till the 2012 Presidential election and already the Republican field has faced off for at least ten debates since May. That intense schedule has helped boost the campaigns of more polished candidates, while sinking the public perception of those who stumble.
Rolling Stone political correspondent Tim Dickinson says the tax policies pursued by the Republican Party have benefited the top 1 percent of income earners. "The people at the very top of the income [bracket] are taking off like a rocket," he says.
Gov. Scott Walker tells NPR that his political foes are camouflaging their true intent with platitudes about workers' rights, among other things. And he says he did what was right for Wisconsin during the battle he led earlier this year to weaken the state's public-employee unions.
Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. He is under fire after pushing through legislation that stripped most public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Martin speaks with Lynn Freeman of United Wisconsin, a group leading the recall effort.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is fighting back opponents who want him out of office. If organizers gather more than 500,000 signatures in 60 days, a new election will be held in 2012. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gov. Walker, who defends his record and criticizes the recall effort that began Tuesday.
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