One of Brian’s Favorite Quotes
As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”
— George Washington (1732–1799)
Scott Walker Makes It Official: ‘I’m Running for President’
Scott Walker made it official today, breaking the news that he is a Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race first in a Facebook post this morning before a formal announcement event in Wisconsin later today.
“I’m in. I’m running for President of the United States because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them,” the two-term Wisconsin governor says in the Facebook post, along with a video that lays out his reasons for running.
“I am running for President to fight and win for the American people,” he says in the video. “Without sacrificing our principles, we won three elections in four years in a blue state. We did it by leading. Now, we need to do the same thing for America. It’s not too late to make our country great again. Join Our cause and help us fight and win for America.”
Walker, 47, joins a crowded field of Republican contenders vying for the presidency, bringing the tally of declared candidates to 15. But despite his late entry into the race, Walker is already considered the front-runner in Iowa, polling ahead of the rest of the GOP field in the all-important first-in-the nation caucus state where he made a strong first impression on likely caucus-goers earlier this year with a breakout speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January.
Despite his strong performance in Iowa, Walker has yet to emerge as a front-runner nationally. A recent CNN/ORC poll showed Jeb Bush polling ahead of the GOP field nationally, with 19 percent of likely voters.
The son of a Baptist preacher, Walker spent his early childhood in Plainfield, Iowa. At age 10, his family moved to Delavan, Wisconsin, and he has lived in the state ever since. In college, Walker attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he made an unsuccessful bid to become student government president in his junior year and went on to drop out before completing his senior year to take a full-time job with the Red Cross.
If elected, Walker would be the first president since Harry Truman — elected over 70 years ago — not to have a college degree.
Walker would go on to make his first bid for public office at age 22, a race he lost. But three years later, in 1993, Walker won a seat in the Wisconsin state legislature and hasn’t lost an election since. He went on to become the Milwaukee County Executive in 2003, and in 2010, was elected governor.
Walker’s rise to political stardom began in 2011, when he faced off against thousands of pro-union protestors to pass legislation stripping most of the state’s public unions, including teachers, of most of their collective bargaining powers. After passing his controversial agenda, Walker faced a recall election in 2012 and won by a larger margin than his 2010 election. He was reelected governor in 2014 and has since taken additional steps to dismantle unions in Wisconsin, after he signed a law earlier this year making Wisconsin the 25th Right to Work State in the country, making union membership optional.
Walker kicks off his campaign at event later today at the Waukesha County Expo Center in Wisconsin — the same place where he declared victory following a recall election in 2012 that sealed his rise to national political prominence as the only governor in history to ever survive a recall election.