AP Interview: Walker not afraid to lose recall

SCOTT BAUER
May 17, 2012
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FILE - In an April 17, 2012 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in Springfield, Ill. Lost in the hoopla over the effort to recall Walker after he took on union rights is an ongoing secret investigation that has already ensnared a handful of the Republican governor’s former aides. The investigation by Milwaukee County’s district attorney hasn’t resonated with voters, but with the June 5 recall less than three weeks away Democrats have started playing up questions about why Walker created a criminal defense fund for himself and whether the governor might face charges next. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

HARTLAND, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he's not afraid to lose the recall election he faces in less than three weeks, but if he wins he intends to govern in a more inclusive, consensus-building way.

Walker's first 16 months in office have been marked by massive protests and a sharp partisan war over public employees' union rights.

Walker refused to say in a Thursday interview with The Associated Press whether he would veto a bill making Wisconsin a right to work state, which would allow workers to refuse to pay dues even if they are covered by a union contract. Walker says he would actively oppose such a proposal.

The Republican faces Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the June 5 recall.