“Proven fighter, proven winner” begins race with ideological, geographical advantages
After a host of lackluster retreads and iffy Republicans have announced as 2016 GOP presidential candidates —- 14 others, to be exact —- Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker declares his candidacy today. His late entry was hinged on getting the stalled state budget on his desk and signed.
Walker, 47, is the fifteenth candidate, but the one many conservatives have been waiting for since his energizing speech (video) at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January.
After going head-to-head with the Wisconsin’s unions, he and his family endured threats. Walker faced thousands of protestors at the Capitol. But he prevailed, waging a successful battle against the $3.6 billion budget deficit, job losses and a double-digit tax increase. He won the race for governor three times in the last four years, winning a recall election in a state that was previously under Democrat control for over thirty years —- the only governor in U.S. history to declare victory in a gubernatorial recall election.
Scott Walker is a proven winner. In 2008 when running as county executive, he received nearly 60 percent of the votes in a county that went two-thirds for Barack Obama.
National Review reported in May that Walker has visited border states and met with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, causing him to adopt a firmer stance on illegal immigration, and in the process separating himself from the politically correct, open border, squish pack —- even moderating his own former position. National Review identifies Walker’s position as “hard-line.” We call it rational.
In advance of his announcement, the liberal media has been working overtime to marginalize him, though his successes stand as strong testament to his conservative commitment. Besides getting right-to-work legislation passed, he expanded school-voucher availability, signed legislation repealing a 48-hour waiting period for gun purchases, implemented mandatory drug testing for food-stamp recipients and banned abortions after 20 weeks.
Democrats openly acknowledge, Scott Walker, not Jeb! Bush, is the man to watch. Our May 12, post on Walker can be read here. In it we noted the recent Quinnipiac Poll showing the as-yet-undeclared candidate Walker leading the Iowa Republican caucus pack, with establishment favorite Jeb Bush at a distant seventh. Across the polling board, Walker was hitting it out of the park.
Time will tell if the momentum holds.