Wisconsin’s polarising Republican governor Scott Walker finally entered the White House race on Monday after weeks of excited anticipation among the party’s hardcore conservatives.
To those still counting, he is the 15th Republican in the fray so far, with one more expected, for the party nomination, which will be decided through primaries; to five of Democrats.
“I am running for president to fight and win for the American people,” Walker, 47 said in a video posted online. “Without sacrificing our principals, 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. We can make our country great again.”
Walker is a two-term governor who successfully faced down a recall election in 2012 — that’s why three elections — over his fight against the state’s public sector unions.
The video said: “The left erupted. They stormed the Capital. But Scott Walker stood his ground, unintimidated. They even threatened his family, but he stood firm. And he won.”
It’s that fight that went on to shape his political persona — of a committed conservative, more than anything else, making him a favourite of the party’s hardcore activists.
And now he is promising the same for the rest of the country.
Walker enters the race right around the top of the table in opinion polls — in an average of polls till mid-June, Walker was at number two, right behind frontrunner Jeb Bush.
And that’s who he targeted in his first salvos — fired just hours before his announcement. “I don’t think a name from the past beats a name from the past.” he told ABC news.
“I think you need a name from the future.” He, Walker, is the future. The names from the past, as he described them, are Bush and the Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.”