Gov. Scott Walker comes in second in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll and MSNBC's Steve Benen says Walker's conservative accomplishments sets him apart from his rivals in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.
Walker hit on themes of growth, reform and safety while talking to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.
The guv tip-toed around a presumed presidential run, commenting Thursday that his concerns with the way the country is being run are the "reason why I'm thinking about what I'm thinking about." He again said no announcement will be made until after the state budget is complete.
Walker's discussion of safety and criticism of President Obama's foreign relations decisions drew the largest applause from the Oklahoma crowd. He took shots at Obama for calling "ISIS a JV squad, Yemen a success story and Iran a place we can do business with."
"Once and for all, we need going forward a commander in chief in this country who will tell it like it is," Walker said, "and lay out that radical Islamic terrorism is a threat to us all, and we're going to do something to stop it."
The guv began his speech with a rundown of his credentials in Wisconsin, discussing changes his administration has made to government and lawsuit regulations. He drew applause from the crowd when he noted his administration defunded Planned Parenthood and other anti-abortion moves.
"If all those things can happen like a state like Wisconsin, there's no doubt, with the right leadership, not just in state's across the country but in our nation's capital, with the right leadership, we can move America in the right direction," Walker said.
He said the country needs someone to lower the tax burden, control government regulations and repeal Obamacare. Walker also said it should be America's goal to help people support themselves rather than relying on subsidies.
"In America, we celebrate our independence from the government," he said, "not our dependence on it."
Likely 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker picks up the support from the head of an influential super PAC and faces fresh scrutiny over changing issue positions in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.
Gov. Scott Walker visits with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., tells CNN he's the "most scrutinized politician in America," and defends his position on immigration in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.
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Three-fourths of Wisconsin Republican Party conventioneers backed Gov. Scott Walker for the party's presidential nomination in 2016, according to a WisPolitics.com straw poll.
But if he's not in the field, about one-fourth of the grassroots activists that voted supported U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for the nomination.
Also at this year's convention:
*Walker thanked Republican activists for their help in winning the guv's office and asked them to pitch in again, this time on his budget as lawmakers finish their work on it and the 2016 elections.
*U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said newly announced opponent Russ Feingold is "addicted" to politics and "just can't stand being away from it," which is why the former lawmaker has already officially jumped in the race.
*Activists approved a resolution calling for the repeal of the prevailing wage.