Scott Walker: Ivy League Lawyer In White House Has ‘Done A Pretty Lousy Job Of Leading’ U.S.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken some criticism by the liberal elites for not completing his undergraduate college degree. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean questioned Walker’s education and competency on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on February 12:

Scott Walker, were he to become president, would be the first president in many generations who did not have a college degree…The issue is, how well educated is this guy? And that’s a problem.

Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly asked the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate for his response to these complaints about his lack of a degree. Walker, who left Marquette University in his senior year to work full-time for the American Red Cross, laughed at Governor Dean’s insulting remarks:

I said it’s interesting, that’s kind of the elitist government-knows-best top-down approach from Washington we’ve heard from years. I don’t know about you, Megyn, but we’ve had an Ivy League-trained lawyer in the White House for the last six years, who was pretty good at reading off the teleprompter, but done a pretty lousy job leading this country. I’d rather have a fighter who’s actually proven he can take on the Big Government special interests and win.

Walker mentioned that many people have achieved success without a college degree.

I think there’s a lot of Americans out there that scratch their head and say, we have people who help found Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, plenty of other successful businesses and enterprises across this country that did the exactly same sort of thing I did – have an opportunity to start a career, an opportunity to start a business senior year of college and went out and did it.

The Wisconsin governor told The Kelly File host that he and his wife value higher education, but it’s not a necessity for success.

I have two kids in college, I hope they finish, I expect that. My wife and I are helping to fund their pathway along with the hard work they put in. So we value college for those who pursue that career; but in the end, you don’t have to have that to be successful, like many Americans have over the years.

Governor Walker has garnered 24 percent of the Iowa voters in a new poll, ahead of tied second place contenders Jeb Bush and Senator Rand Paul.

h/t: Weekly Standard

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Watch: Here’s How A Surging GOP Contender Just Handed A Hostile Interviewer Her Head

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With Mitt Romney out of the race for the White House in 2016, supporters of the GOP’s failed 2012 presidential candidate are looking for someone else they can get behind.

And if a new preference poll is any indicator, that someone may be Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

As reported by Townhall:

…a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll released over the weekend shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker jumping out to a small lead in the state — followed by Rand Paul, Mitt Romney (now out of the race), Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson. Jeb Bush pulls eight percent, with Chris Christie struggling at four percent….

Though he has shown his ability to stand tall and fight tough against unrelenting liberal attacks and union opposition in Wisconsin, the Republican governor has been viewed by some in the GOP establishment as lackluster, even uninspiring.

That view, however, is not shared by conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh, who recently hit quite a few high notes in singing Walker’s praises:

“…I believe Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican Party if they are serious about beating the left.  Scott Walker has shown how to do it.

Scott Walker has shown the Republican Party how to beat the left. Scott Walker has the blueprint for winning and winning consistently and winning big in a blue state with conservative principles that are offered with absolutely no excuses.”

Although Walker has not formally declared his intention to seek the GOP nomination for the 2016 race, he is widely expected to throw his hat into the presidential ring.

So how does the Wisconsin governor fare in the media ring, especially when facing off with a not-so-friendly interviewer who, by the nature and tone of her questioning, was looking to trip up the Iowa front-runner?

There was a chance this past weekend for Governor Walker to show how he can handle what could be called a mainstream media “inquisition” when he appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with substitute host Martha Raddatz.

As noted in a post on Biz Pac Review: “Whether she was in search of her ‘Katie Couric moment,’ or just trying to take advantage of the opportunity to shore up her liberal bona fides, Raddatz was gunning for Walker from the start.”

It was a challenging interview about the governor’s “big, bold ideas” for the country; but Walker took the fire and shot back effectively, as you can see from watching the video above.

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Will Iowa Put Walker On Path To Presidency?

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“Energetic” is the only word to describe Governor Scott Walker as he paced the stage in Iowa during his speech at Rep. Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit.

And though he was one of many speakers at the confab, he certainly gained the most politically – having received numerous standing ovations from the 1,200 assembled activists.

Governor Scott Walker isn’t the first name that rolls off your tongue when you talk about the 2016 U.S. presidential race, but he’s looking to change that completely…

Underdog Marks His Territory…

While bigger names such as Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Mitt Romney occupy the first tier of candidates, Walker hopes to change those dynamics in the Iowa caucuses.

Walker believes he (almost) has a hometown advantage. While he may be the Governor of Wisconsin, he did spend his early years in Iowa. His father, a preacher by trade, moved the family to Wisconsin to take a leadership position at a church when Walker was in the third grade.

Being Governor of a nearby state provides him with several advantages as he tries to knock off the favorites. He doesn’t have to travel far, and he can spend evenings in Iowa after working his day job as Governor of Wisconsin.

Make no mistake: Walker’s speech was targeted to the audience. It was intended to make the assembled Iowa activists feel they have an ally. Walker told the pro-lifers in the audience he wanted to defund Planned Parenthood.

He told economic and business activists about his desire for tax cuts: “There’s a reason we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April… because in America, we value our independence from the government, not our dependence on it.”

Pushing his agenda even more, Walker gave reform-minded activists details about his battle with government worker unions in Wisconsin. You see, Walker is a hero to many because of his battles with these unions in Wisconsin. He made the most of the conflict in his speech, thanking the crowd for praying for him when the death threats came as a result of his courageous stand.

He also talked about the need for voter ID laws, a constant favorite of voters worried about voter fraud and ballot integrity.

To put it mildly, he knew just the bait to use to reel these activists in.

A Young, Spry Contender

Walker’s energy is likely the result of his youthfulness. After all, he is more than a decade younger than the GOP’s front-running competitors. Walker is only 47… while Jeb Bush is 61… and Mitt Romney is 67.

Some pundits have in the past called Walker boring and lacking charisma. But at the Iowa Freedom Summit, he nearly yelled as his passion bubbled forth. He made it crystal clear that he’s the candidate of smaller government.

Sure, the entire weekend was a festival of presidential contenders… Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, Donald Trump… former Governors Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and Mike Huckabee… Senator Ted Cruz, former Senator Rick Santorum, and Neurosurgeon Ben Carson… you name it.

But as the Iowa caucuses approach a year from now, Governor Scott Walker made it well-known: He is determined to be a contender. And just to seal the deal, he promised to visit Iowa many times in the next 12 months.

Iowa, meet your newest ally.

This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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WATCH: What Was Just Caught On Video Proves That Even Obama’s Base Is Saying ‘Bye-Bye’

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As we count down the hours until election day 2014, there’s another kind of counting going on — adding up the number of people walking out on Barack Obama as he tries to rally the base for Democrat candidates.

Yep, it’s happened again…and this time it was caught on video.

Just over a week after attendees at a Maryland rally for the Democrat candidate for governor began to walk out of a speech by President Obama, the same thing has happened in Wisconsin.

The president was in the Badger State to campaign for Mary Burke, who is striving to unseat one of the Republican governors most often targeted by Democrats — Scott Walker.

And as Obama was trying his best to fire up the crowd with the usual red-meat rhetoric, it became obvious that quite a few had heard enough. No longer compelled to hang on Obama’s every word, these folks decided not to hang out.

You can watch their exit from the auditorium by clicking on the video above. And as you watch, listen carefully to see if you hear how Obama slips into that speech and pronunciation pattern he uses for a certain kind of crowd.

As for the Wisconsin gubernatorial contest, polls generally show it’s a dead heat.

 

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Ouch: This Democrat Just Shunned Obama, And The Reason Why Will Hit Him Where It Hurts

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It was no surprise that President Obama headlined a big pro-union Labor Day rally in Milwaukee — giving a predictable speech in which Obama boasted about the country’s “economic gains” under his leadership.

What could well be surprising to many, though, was a conspicuous absence from the stage on which Obama fired up the pro-labor crowd.

Wisconsin, while a big union state with a passionate Democrat base, has a high-profile Republican governor in Scott Walker — a governor who survived a hard-fought recall effort sparked by Walker’s curtailing of public-employee union collective-bargaining rights — a governor who now faces a tough re-election battle.

Walker’s opponent in the governor’s race is Mary Burke, a former executive at the Trek Bicycle Corporation who is widely supported by Democrats hoping to knock off Walker. So, you might think that Burke would jump at the opportunity to appear alongside the country’s big-time Democrat, Barack Obama. But no. When Obama spoke, Burke wasn’t on stage.

It didn’t take long for the Walker campaign to note and try to make hay out of her MIA status. Via rightwisconsin.com:

With Mary Burke doing the Obama-two step on Labor Day, Gov. Walker and his campaign took the opportunity to remind voters that while Burke is afraid to embrace the president publicly she holds many of the same views on politics and policy.

On Friday, Walker’s campaign reminded voters that Mary Burke had given $86,000 in campaign contributions to Barack Obama’s campaign – more than the average family of four earns in one year.

While Mary Burke might be able to keep the press from taking pictures of her and President Barack Obama together this weekend, she can’t keep the public from knowing that she gave more money to the president than the typical Wisconsin family of four earns in an entire year.  Burke’s most recent donation came in the form of a lump sum payment of $73,300 to the Obama Victory Fund in 2012.

Recent polling shows the Walker-Burke race to be a virtual tie, which might help explain Mary Burke’s reluctance to be associated with a president whose public approval continues to drop. Via CNN:

The latest Marquette University poll released Wednesday, showed Burke at 48.6% to Walker’s 46.5% among likely voters. Among registered voters, Walker received support from 47.5% of respondents to Burke’s 44.1%. Both results are within the margin of error.

The August poll is in line with other independent polls that show the Walker-Burke race especially close.

 

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