Is Scott Walker running? 5 quick takes from Wisconsin governor's memoir
â€śUnintimidated: A Governorâ€™s Story and a Nationâ€™s Challenge,â€ť the new memoir by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), is a nod to the recall election he won handily in June 2012. The victory gave Governor Walker plenty to crow about: After his controversial legislation to curb the collective bargaining power of public-sector unions, the state unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent, 23,000 jobs were created, and the stateâ€™s pension funds are at a surplus.
Walkerâ€™s book opens with an attack on President Obama, boosting speculation that the governor is looking to be on his partyâ€™s presidential ticket in 2016. While acknowledging that the Republican Party has suffered setbacks, he credits recent wins by GOP governors in New Jersey, Indiana, and New Mexico as evidence the party needs to offer â€śbig, bold, positive reforms that are relevant to the livesâ€ť of ordinary people. Among them: â€śimproving education, caring for the poor, reforming government, lowering taxes, fixing entitlements, reducing dependency, and creating jobs.â€ť Sound like a candidate?
Here are five claims Walker uses in his book to make his case.
1. Mitt Romney didn't resonate
Walker says that what doomed Mr. Romneyâ€™s 2012 campaign for president was that he threw too much focus on President Obamaâ€™s alleged failures and not enough on â€śa big, positive vision for the future.â€ť Walker writes that Romney failed to â€śget the message of Wisconsin,â€ť which he says was about keeping public-sector jobs intact, not slashing them. â€śAmericans want leadership. And in times of crisis, they donâ€™t care if it is Democratic leadership or Republican leadership â€“ they will stand with those who offer bold ideas and have the courage to take on the tough issues,â€ť he writes in his memoir.
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