In the beginning of the second Republican debate hosted by CNN and Salem Media, the 2016 GOP field was asked if they trusted the current frontrunner, Donald Trump, with nuclear weapons. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took issue with the line of questioning, claiming it was avoiding a substantive debate on policy. That’s when he decided to tell Mr. Trump that the country doesn’t “need an Apprentice in the White House,” citing the billionaire’s hit television show.
“We don’t need an Apprentice in the White House; we have one right now. He told us all the things we wanted to hear back in 2008. We don’t know who you are or where you’re going. We need someone who can actually get the job done,” said Walker.
“In Wisconsin, you’re losing $2.2 billion right now. I would do so much better than that," retorted Trump.
Walker noted that Trump was using Democratic talking points.
“Mr. Trump, you’re using the talking points of the Democrats. We all know that failed three times in four-and-half years when I got elected because it is working,” said Walker. “We balanced the budget. You want to talk about balanced budgets; you took four major projects into bankruptcy over and over and over again. You can’t take America into bankruptcy. That’s what’s wrong with the politicians in Washington right now; they think we can take a country into bankruptcy.”
Trump also mentioned Walker’s decline in the polls in Iowa, stating that Iowan caucus-goers found out about his record, and that’s the reason why he “went to number one,” and Walker “went down the tubes.”
“Just because he says it, doesn’t make it true,” Walker responded.