Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker launches his bid to become the Republican candidate for U.S. president. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Scott Walker cast himself as an anti-Washington reformer in launching his 2016 Republican presidential campaign on Monday, vowing to fight with the same conservative conviction he used to battle unions as Wisconsin governor. He began by recounting his achievements in advancing the conservative agenda as governor. If elected president, he told the crowd that he would work to implement those ideas on a national scale. "Americans want to vote for something and for someone, so tonight, let me tell you what I'm for. I'm for reform, growth, safety. I'm for transferring power from Washington into the hands of hard-working taxpayers and states all across the country. That's real reform. I'm for building a better economy that allows everyone to live their piece of the American dream. That's pro-growth. And I'm for protecting our children and our grandchildren from radical Islamic terrorism and all the threats in the world, That's real safety." "Many of you here know, when I first become governor, I literally allowed the state to join the federal lawsuit against Obamacare on my very first day. We need a president who, on the first day, will call on the Congress to, once and for all, to repeal Obamacare entirely." Walker rose to national prominence by defeating a 2012 recall election that grew from his challenge to the collective bargaining process for most public employee unions in Wisconsin. He won his first term as governor in 2010 and was re-elected last November. Walker, in an announcement speech full of homespun stories about his humble roots, from flipping burgers at McDonald's to buying discount clothes, became the 15th candidate in the wide-open race for the Republican nomination.