“Sometimes, there are people who like the status quo, even in our own party.”
Scott Walker was the latest in the line of Republican candidates and potential candidates to address the New Hampshire Leadership Forum, in the nation’s first primary (Iowa is a caucus).
Walker’s speech was well received.
Stephen F. Hayes at The Weekly Standard reports:
Walker guided the crowd through a brief history of his tenure as Wisconsin governor, punctuating the story with suggestions about what his reforms in back home might mean if he were to attempt something similar as president. “Washington is 68 square miles surrounded by reality,” he said, adapting a popular conservative appraisal of Madison.
Walker expanded the stump speech he had given in Iowa back in January, a coming out party of sorts, that propelled him to co-frontrunner status in national and early-state polling. The new content made clear that Walker is a hawk and that in a Walker presidency the United States would not only reengage with the world but would project its power without reservation. He called the war on radical Islam and “generational” war and scorched Barack Obama for his ambivalence on the threat. “We’re going to bring the fight to them and fight on their soil and not ours.”
Todd Beamon at NewsMax provides some highlights from the speech:
Walker noted how he took a $3.6 billion budget deficit he inherited and turned it into a $517 million surplus, has a fully-funded state pension system, reduced the ability to file frivolous lawsuits — as well as signed a concealed-carry law and right-to-work legislation.
“We no longer fund Planned Parenthood,” the governor said.
He referenced his battle with the unions over some of his reforms, leading to his recall-election victory in 2012 — making him the only governor in the nation’s history to survive such an effort.
“I got together in the capital with all the Republicans, those in office and the newly-elected,” Walker said, referring to shortly after he first took office in 2011. “I said, ‘It is put up or shut up.’
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