Gov. Walker Tells Hannity Obama Won Because He Redefined Romney's 'R'

James Beattie
By James Beattie | November 20, 2013 | 9:38 AM EST

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.) told Sean Hannity that the reason Mitt Romney did not win the election in 2012 is that the "Obama campaign was successful in defining the "R" next to his name as a 'rich guy who cares about rich guys.'"

Walker made the comments Monday night on Fox News Channel's Hannity:

Sean Hannity: "Why isn't Wisconsin in play for Republicans?  You look at Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota.  You know, there's always the thought that we might be able to get those states, we can win the governor's race, but we can't win the national election there, why?"

Gov. Scott Walker: "In 2000, 2004, we were one of the closest blue states in terms of President Bush's election, and then re-election, so we're still very competitive and supposedly we were very competitive last time.  I won by about seven and a half points in June of last year; Mitt Romney lost by about seven points.  And, I think the key difference was, actually I think I said it on your show, I think shortly after my recall election, that Mitt needed to show that the 'R' next to his name didn't just stand for Republican, it stood for 'reformer.'

"For whatever reason, the folks that were advising him thought it all had to be a referendum on Barack Obama, and in the end they didn't make the case as to what an America would be like under President Mitt Romney, and I think, instead, the Obama campaign was successful in defining that 'R' next to his name as being 'R stands for rich guy who cares about rich guys,' which obviously wasn't the case with Mitt Romney."