Conservatives really like Scott Walker right now. The Governor of Wisconsin entered to speak just moments after a heated debate about the legalization of marijuana that fractured the usually united group of conservatives at CPAC, and he quickly healed those divisions. Walker’s speech to the crowd at CPAC 2015 was the epitome of a campaign stump speech. The Governor went hard after President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the powers that be in Washington, D.C.
He trumpeted the advancements and gains he has made in Wisconsin, while reminding the crowd how screwed up Washington is. He had the conservative crowd eating out of his hand, and he really blew them away when he went after the Obama administration’s push to grow the government in DC.
“Obama measures success by how many people are dependent on the government. We measure success by how many people are no longer dependent on the government. It’s why we celebrate July 4th not March 15th – because we celebrate our independence from the government not our dependence upon the government!”
As the Governor was running down his list of conservative reforms – gun rights freedom, de-funding planned parenthood, passing pro-life legislation, cutting taxes, improving education and passing right to work laws – he was interrupted by a protester complaining about workers having the right to decide whether or not they WANT to join a union. (Can I admit here that I have NEVER understood how people can support union efforts to FORCE every worker to join a union? “Right to Work” laws don’t outlaw unions, they just give workers the option of either joining or not joining a union. How can you be against letting the worker decide that issue? It seems astounding to me that people can actually be against “right to work.”)
The protester was quickly silenced and Governor Walker handled himself well in response, making a comment about Wisconsin union protesters following him to Washington.
Governor Walker is vocal and clear about his foreign policy ideas, but his OBVIOUS strengths are all on domestic issues. That bodes well for him in his efforts to win the GOP nomination for the Presidency. He is a loud and proud fiscal conservative, and he has a clear record of conservatism on the most important domestic issues. And he has won time and again in a very purple state!
Walker is a force to be reckoned with, and his speech at CPAC 2015 just continued his recent streak of dominating the competition in the race for the White House. If he can keep this up for the next 16 months, he will be the GOP candidate for President.
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