Wisconsin’s Scott Walker today presented himself to the crowd at the Iowa Freedom Summit as a governor who is employing a “comprehensive, conservative, common sense agenda” to cut taxes and take power away from “big government special interests” like unions for teachers.
“Common sense conservative reforms can actually work and they work in a blue state like Wisconsin,” Walker said. “If they work in Wisconsin, they can work anywhere in the country, right?”
Walker began his remarks by reminding the audience that, because of his 2012 recall election, he has won three races for governor in the last four years, in a state that hasn’t gone for a Republican presidential candidate in three decades.
“I think that sends a powerful message to Republicans in Washington and around the country. If you’re not afraid to go big and go bold, you can actually get results,” Walker said. “…And if you get the job done, the voters will actually stand up with you.”
He also shared details about some of the death threats he and his family have received.
“Time and time again the protesters were trying to intimidate us, but you know what? All they did was remind me how important it was to stand up for the people of my state,” Walker said. “They reminded me to focus on why I ran for governor in the first place.”
Walker stressed that the nation’s path to economic success is more similar to the “Wisconsin Way rather than the Washington Way.” Walker drew whistles and cheers when he talked about decisions in Wisconsin to “defund” Planned Parenthood, to require voters to show a photo ID and to get rid of seniority rules for hiring and firing teachers. Walker closed with a litany of complaints about President Obama’s leadership on the world stage.
“I’m pleased to be here in Iowa today. I’m going to come back many more times in the future,” Walker said. “I’m hopeful to work together with you to help us provide that kind of leadership that is new and fresh and bold and aggressive.”
While some of the other would-be presidential candidates spoke to reporters either before or after their speech at today’s summit, Walker did not.
AUDIO of Walker’s speech