Former Governor Walker talks Foxconn in PBS interview
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Former Governor Scott Walker is speaking out for the first time since leaving office. He believes the Foxconn deal can restore the state's manufacturing strength.
Former Governor Walker appeared on the PBS program "Firing Line with Margaret Hoover."
In the interview, Walker discusses losing his re-election bid, the highs and lows of his time in office, and the impact the Foxconn deal will have on the state.
In January, doubt was cast over Foxconn's commitment to bring 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin but executives from the Tawainese company reaffirmed their goals to President Trump and Governor Tony Evers.
However, what those jobs look like, whether they're manufacturing jobs or high-skilled research and development positions remains to be seen. That's something Walker addressed in his interview.
"Are those jobs not going to be instead in engineering and research and development rather than actual, working with your hands manufacturing?" Hoover asked during the interview. "Well, that, I think that changes not just in terms of for companies like Foxconn. The job my grandfather had, a machinist for 42 years, that's not going to be there. It's going to fundamentally change instead of operating one piece of machinery, you might be in charge of four or five out there so it's going to take a whole different level of skills and training," Former Governor Scott Walker (R) Wisconsin said.
Governor Evers has said that he will continue to monitor Foxconn's progress moving forward. The entire interview with Governor Walker is set to air on the PBS program "Firing Line with Margaret Hoover" Friday night.