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Walker announces in video he's running for president to 'fight and win for the American people'

Gov. Scott Walker announced in a video this morning he is running for president "to fight and win for the American people."

Hours before his formal announcement in Waukesha, Walker's campaign released a video in which the governor portrayed himself as someone who has won three times in four years in a blue state without compromising his principles.

Walker also used a frequent argument he's made recently in trying to separate himself from the rest of the GOP field, saying some have been good fighters, but haven't won "those battles," while others have won elections, but haven't consistently taken on the big issues.

Walker then mentions his Wisconsin wins since 2010, including the failed 2012 attempt to recall him.

"We did it by leading. Now, we need to do the same thing for America," Walker said.

The narrator opens the video saying "for too long, we've been told we have to compromise our principles to win."

But the narrator then goes on to tick off a list of Walker's accomplishments, saying he "beat the special interests" as the video shows scenes from the protests in Madison four years ago during the fight over the governor's collective bargaining changes for public employees.

Walker says in the video "we didn't nibble around the edges" in Wisconsin.

"America needs new, fresh leadership with big, bold ideas from outside of Washington," Walker says, later adding, "We enacted big, bold reforms that took power out of the big government special interests and put it in the hands of taxpayers."

-- By JR Ross


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