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As I See It

As I See It

Wisconsin's longest running daily commentary, a daily tradition since 1971.

Wednesday - September 19, 2018 5:57 am

There are plenty of issues on which to campaign in the Wisconsin Governor's race. Whether the Foxconn deal is good for Wisconsin taxpayers, what to do about our crumbling roads, how much to fund education. All are issues in the race between Governor Scott Walker and challenger Tony Evers. But what we've been hearing on the campaign trail lately has nothing to do with the important issues facing Wisconsinites. Instead, the latest debate is about the National Anthem. In a page straight from the Trump playbook, Governor Walker has tweeted that he wonders whether Evers believes in standing up for the flag as a show of respect for our service members. Walker's running mate, Rebecca Kleefisch, took it a step further, accusing Evers running mate Mandela Barnes, a black man, of not only supporting protesting during the anthem, and even claiming that Barnes himself took a knee during the playing of the anthem at the opening ceremonies for the Wisconsin State Fair. She offers no evidence, but claims that is what someone told her. The fact is, what people should do during the anthem is not an issue in the race to determine who should be the next Wisconsin Governor. Whoever sits in that office isn't going to pass a law dictating what people should do during the playing of our national anthem. The candidates need to focus on the real issues in this campaign, and there are plenty of them.

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