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Feingold Calls On Walker To End His 'Assault On Wisconsin's Traditions'


"I call on him tonight to pull back, to drop this issue of collective bargaining and get back to budgeting," he added.

Democrats lost all elected branches of government in Wisconsin this past November. Feingold thinks Walker's actions should be a wake-up call to Democratic voters to take back the legislature from the GOP in 2012. But he declined to endorse a fledgling push by progressives to recall Walker early next year, at least until the new governor has established a more complete record of leadership.

"We're going to have to elect a different legislature so this guy doesn't have the kind of absolute power that he's trying to abuse," Feingold said. "This is about stopping this now, so we don't have to recreate these rights that have been in place for so long on."