Skip to comments.Wisconsin's Scott Walker shuttles to Iowa and other battleground states to ignite bid for presidency
Posted on 07/26/2013 8:50:08 AM PDT by NCjim
MADISON, Wis. -- The civil unrest that filled the streets of Wisconsin's Capitol Square two years ago has long since dissipated. The roads are quieter, no longer littered with signs and bumper stickers and angry petitioners trying to oust the governor. Midwest manners have returned to once bitterly divided neighborhoods.
The furor over Gov. Scott Walker's decision to curb the collective bargaining powers of most public employee unions culminated in 2011 in a massive, extended protest by workers and their allies, the spectacle of Democratic lawmakers fleeing the Capitol to prevent the proposal's passage and a recall election that ultimately failed to force Walker from office. But it also shifted the national spotlight onto a Republican governor who until then was virtually unknown outside his state, propelling Walker to political stardom and a potential run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter! As Wisconsin's fervor faded over the past two years, however, so has the attention paid to Walker. Press attention has shifted to the likes of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is far better known nationally than Walker, and Sens. Marco Rubio, of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Ted Cruz of Texas, all of whom get far more notice from Beltway insiders than the governor of Wisconsin.
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This is a candidate that I could get interested in. A whole lot better governor than Christie.
I like Walker.
Walker, Paul and Cruz are much better choices than Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio!
I HATE Walker for national office. He is great in Wisconsin, but he is a “Dreamer.” His stance on illegal immigration would eventually sink us.
Do some research.
This is good news that he may run for Presidency. He’ll have my vote if he does.
Doesn’t he support amnesty? Also didn’t he accept the Obamacare healthcare exchanges?
I will- but the way we’re headed we are going to get some version of Dream..sickening.
Any other reason you don’t like him for potus?
We may already be sunk before his hat goes in the rink because of LESSER men like Jeb and Christie's support of it.
Walker is my top choice should he run.
No, but that is the stinker that spoils it for me. It's like a teaspoon of raw sewage in a barrel of fresh drinking water.
Walker would be an ideal presidential candidate. Unlike many republicans, he knows he’s in a war...
And has the scars to prove it.
He’s been commendably stand-up on several fronts, but the amnesty thing is an absolute killer with me. I’ll never under any circumstances vote for any candidate supporting it.
Chris Christie and Marco Rubio have burned that bridge as far as party clarity, cohesion. Jeb Bush is milqtoast and is chained at the ankle to his father and brother. Paul has his own set of links and chains. Cruz is a flash in the pan. Walker will (unfairly) be just another white guy.
And Sarah Palin has been put on a pedestal as a caricature.
Walker will have to define himself clearly as a NO BILL on amnesty candidate, as well as oppose the NSA spy program among other things.
I gave him money for his last fight, but I’m holding back now because I suspect that in the end he is one of the 90 percent plus of them business as usual politician crowd.
As if Hillary Clinton has no baggage. Who would you prefer to run?
Back in the 1970’s they hated Nixon and Ford and fought both tenaciously but that did not make either of the Republicans real conservatives.
ONLY as the TOP of the ticket!
NEVER as the Veep candidate SOP to the conservatives while the GOPe retains control of the party and put’s the next RINO who has “earned his turn” onto the top of the ticket.
Yeah, I think Walker was just going with the winds on immigration, but not a good sign. I don’t know how these people don’t get it.
Hopefully, the bill will be killed this year. But the issue will not go away until the problem i.e. the flow of illegals, is actually solved. And since unmanned drones can be turned off and border agents can be ordered not to do anything, we need a physical barrier, which means The Secure Fence Act needs to be fully funded and fully completed.
Rick Snyder is the same way.
Tough on unions but pro amnesty.
The 2016 ticket will be packed again, conservatives again will be so divided, and will so run down each conservative candidate, that the last one standing will again be a RINO!
IMO based on previous observations.
“He has a lot of respect and admiration on this side of the Wisconsin border,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of the Family Leader, a socially conservative organization in Iowa where Plaats is a GOP kingmaker.
But others said Walker’s mastery of retail politics will blunt voter worries and boost his chances in New Hampshire and Iowa. While running for governor, Walker rode his Harley across the state, wore a Green Bay Packers jersey, tailgated at Lambeau Field and held brown-bag lunches in offices across Wisconsin. Those who have watched his political career say he has only gotten stronger on the stump.
Former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Wayne MacDonald said Walker wowed the rank and file at the state party convention last year.
“I remember introducing him and the crowd went absolutely wild. I’ve never heard a louder crowd at a convention,” MacDonald said. “He was down to earth, he was conversational, he was unassuming.”
Walker remains largely unknown to most Republicans in New Hampshire, the nation’s earliest primary state, despite his travels there, MacDonald said.
Well, then we don’t have any candidate good enough to run in 2016. I suggest until Jesus returns to earth, that we just let the Dems have it - we can all stay home in protest and biotch and moan.
There just isn’t anyone good enough to run as the Republican nominee. I hate the amnesty thing too, but dang it - everyone of them have warts. There just isn’t anyone to vote for.
Morons like you are unworthy of wasting time on.
Maybe you could relocate to the border so you can kiss the ass of every illegal entering the country because I sure as hell don’t want some whore kissing mine.
I would like Scott, Cruz, Condi Rice. Though I don’t know how Condi is fairing these days.
Most capable candidate.
Walker for President with a proven track record in turnaround
Rand Paul for VP with an ability to talk about freedom
You are a foul-mouthed, moron and I’m not in favor of amnesty. You totally missed the point of my post, so I won’t waste my time on lecturing you about brushing up on your reading comprehension skills.
What I am is someone with a memory who recognizes you moderate Kapos who are more interested in getting along with the democrats who own you than doing anything right for the company.
I’ll make sure everyone recognizes your kind.
An election is coming up and the kapos ooze back in.
You are one sick puppy.