Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Scott Walker’s address at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

“Tonight, Scott Walker addressed the Tea Party faithful at the Republican National Convention, telling them that the selection of Paul Ryan meant the “R” next to Mitt Romney’s name doesn’t just stand for Republican.

“For once, the Governor and I agree, the “R” doesn’t just stand for “Republican,” it stands for “Return.” A return to the very same failed economic policies that crashed the economy in the first place. Budget busting tax cuts for billionaires and millionaires paid for on the backs of hard working, middle class families here in Wisconsin didn’t work then, and they won’t work now.

“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would return America to the days when Wall Street writes their own rules and families on Main Street are left to the mercy of the big banks. They’d mean a return to the days when health insurance companies can kick you off your insurance when you get sick, discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions and charge women more for health care simply because they’re women.

“The Romney-Ryan Return ticket to the failed policies of the past isn’t what Wisconsin families need. They need real leadership that invests in an economy built to last and which starts with the middle class. And that’s exactly what President Obama has provided, and is why we’ve now seen 29 consecutive months of private sector job growth and 4.5 million new American jobs created.

“Wisconsinites know we can’t afford to go back. That’s why people all over the state support President Barack Obama – because they know he can continue to move us forward.”

From: http://www.wisdems.org/news/press/view/2012-08-statement-of-wisdems-chair-mike-tate-on-scott-walker