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UPDATE: Walker discusses 'divide and conquer' comment


A recently released video of Governor Scott Walker has sparked controversy.

The clip was taken from documentary trailer. The documentary was shot in January, 2011 -weeks before Governor Walker launched his plan to strip most collective bargaining rights from most public workers.
But it's one short clip that's making wave.. showing the newly elected governor talking with Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks.

In the clip Hendricks asks Walker if he could make Wisconsin a "completely red state."  Walker told Hendricks the "first step" would be "to divide and conquer."

Walker's critics are outraged.And, they're using his comments as ammunition ahead of the recall election in June.

 "I was flabbergasted at his language," said Tom Barrett (D)Gubernatorial Candidate.  "For weeks, if not months I have been saying that he follows a divide and conquer strategy in this state. And we finally found something we agree on."

On Friday Governor Walker defended his comments.

 "It was a year-and-a-half ago," said Walker. "I don't remember all the particulars, other than if you look at the extended tape, we talked about how someone needed to stand-up and stand on behalf of the taxpayers."

The film maker, Brad Lichenstein, says Governor Walker knew the conversation was on camera.
But the timing of the video could hurt the Governor. He's facing a recall election in less than a month.

The filmmaker says he promised Governor Walker the film wouldn't be released for a year. But in an interesting note, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that filmmaker has worked for democratic campaigns, and has donated to Tom Barrett, Walker's recall opponent.

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