Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump went after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Sunday, saying that the state of Wisconsin is “really in trouble.”
During an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's “This Week,” Trump slammed the two-term governor, and said he isn't worried about Walker being a threat for the Republican nomination:
"Well, I’m not worried because his state is really in trouble.
“I mean, it’s a fantastic place. I love the people of Wisconsin, but if you look at what’s going on, they have a $2.2 billion deficit. They were supposed to have a surplus of $1 billion and they have $2.2 billion.”
Trump added that there are “tremendous divisions” throughout Wisconsin, saying that is one reason why Walker would not be a good president:
"He stopped a lot of work because he didn’t want to raise taxes. So instead of raising taxes, he’s borrowing to the hilt and his state is overleveraged.
“His state has not performed well. We need someone who’s going to make it perform well, this country perform well.”
It didn't take long for Walker to respond to Trump on Sunday. Also during an interview with Stephanopoulos on ABC's “This Week,” Walker labeled Trump's attacks on him “talking points of the Democrats.”
Trump has been leading all other candidates in polls since July 20th. He peaked on August 6th, and has seen a slow, but steady decline in support since.
Walker, on the other hand, has seen his polling numbers almost slice in half following the August 6th Republican debate. Despite that, he is still in fourth, according to RealClearPolitics.