CONCORD, N.H. - As Scott Walker continues his Labor Day ride through New Hampshire on a union-made motorcycle, his anti-worker message still rings loudly on the stump.
“While Scott Walker rides a union-made motorcycle around New Hampshire on Labor Day, his record of fighting against workers is appalling. He once compared workers to brutal ISIS terrorists. Walker may think that raising the minimum wage is a ‘lame idea,’ but the truth is that Granite State workers need and overwhelmingly support a minimum wage increase,” said Lizzy Price, NHDP Communications Director. “When it comes to supporting hard-working Granite Staters, Scott Walker’s record is clear - he’ll be on the side of special interests that seek to undermine their rights.”
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Scott Walker's Labor Day Weekend: Union Bike and Anti-Union Message: The anti-union label that brought the Wisconsin governor headlines and donors hasn't been doing the trick on the campaign trail.
John McCormick // Bloomberg Politics
For Scott Walker, Labor Day is a reminder of the issue that brought him to the national stage.
The Wisconsin governor, who will spend the holiday weekend riding a union-made motorcycle across New Hampshire, won a national reputation for his confrontations with organized labor. But the narrative that brought him headlines and donors hasn't provided a white-hot issue on the campaign trail. At a time when organized labor is already losing membership, its clout doesn't appear to be a top national priority for most Republicans.
In the first debate on Aug. 6, the word "union" was used just three times, and only once by Walker, in his closing statement.
"I took on the big government union bosses, and we won," said Walker, who has seen his state and national poll numbers fall as Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has risen. "They tried to recall me, and we won. They targeted us again, and we won."
The reference was to Walker's 2011 fight with public-sector unions, as well as his 2012 recall and 2014 general election victories, both contests that included heavy union spending against him. His ability to remain "unintimidated" in those battles has become a central theme of Walker's campaign.
Walker's plans for Sunday and Monday call for riding a rented Harley-Davidson through all 10 New Hampshire counties. It will be his seventh trip to the state this year and fourth since launching his campaign July 13. On a weekend that will see top Democratic politicians embracing unions, Walker is expected to highlight his experience in taking them on, including the threats he received and the 100,000 protesters he faced at the peak of his battle…