Meantime, after break, Jake will be back with exclusive interviews with four governors from around the United States. Jake? TAPPER: Thanks, Christiane. Coming up, we bring together four governors with very different ideas about how to attack the painful economic realities the country and the states are facing: two republicans, newly elected South Carolina governor Nikki Haley in her first Sunday interview and Arizona governor Jan Brewer; plus two Democratic governors: Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Colorado governor John Hickenlooper. We'll talk about the radical decisions each of them is going to have to make, after this.
TAPPER: Welcome back. We'll have more from Christiane Amanpour live from Libya later in the broadcast. But for now, states across the country are in fiscal crises, facing difficult cuts to make ends meet. This morning, in our studio we've brought together four of the top governors to discuss some of the excruciating choices they are facing back home.
How are the latest rounds of cuts in federal and state spending going to have an impact on things like your children's education, your health care, your jobs? Massachusetts Democrat Deval Patrick, a close friend of President Obama, has just begun his second term in office. South Carolina Republican Nikki Haley at 39, the youngest governor in the nation, was championed by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper, a former Denver mayor and entrepreneur was just sworn into office last month. And Arizona governor, Republican Jan Brewer has taken some controversial stands on immigration and also made some tough budget cuts to narrow her state's massive budget gap.
Governors, thanks so much for being here. Appreciate it.
Let's start with the other upraising, the one in Wisconsin that we've seen. The nation has watched as Governor Scott Walker has sought to not only cut the benefits of state employees, but also restrict their collective bargaining rights. Is this the right move Governor Haley?
GOV. NIKKI HALEY, (R) SOUTH CAROLINA: Absolutely. You know, what we have to remember is we appreciate our public employees. But our job as governors is to look after the tax payers. And he's doing exactly what he promised to do, he is trying to trim his budget. He is trying to make the tough decisions that the people of Wisconsin wanted him to do.
What I think the shame is the fact that you have got Democrat senators who represent the people of Wisconsin that have so cowardly that they left their own state. I think that's an absolute slate on who should be thrown out of office as soon as they get back. It's absolutely unfortunate.
TAPPER: Governor Hickenlooper, want to weigh in?
GOV. JOHN HICKENHOOPER, (D) COLORADO: Well, you know, I spent a number of years in the restaurant business and sometimes we took over failing restaurants.
HICKENLOOPER: The first thing we did was reach out to the work force, the workers, and say, all right, if we have got to cut costs and try to find new ways of making difficult decisions and delivering services with less, you can -- you're the ones who have to help us.
And I think it's a challenge to have that kind of division and adversarial relationship. It makes it very tough for them to get to the point where they can make their government smaller and yet more effective.