Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) received a rock-star reception at the Republican National Convention, first when he announced his home state’s delegate votes and when he addressed delegates during primetime.
The standing ovation was so long for Walker that he just began giving his speech even as the applause didn’t stop.
“On June 5 voters in my swing state were asked to decide if they wanted elected officials to define success by how many people are dependent on the government,” Walker said in reference to his successful fight against a recall effort driven by unions. “On June 5 voters in Wisconsin got to determine who’s in charge… the hard-working taxpayers won.”
The governor said thousands of jobs have been added in his state through his reforms. “Ninety-four percent of our employers believe Wisconsin is headed in the right direction,” he said.
Walker used the bulk of his speech, though, to promote Mitt Romney’s candidacy. With the pick of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan for the vice presidential nominee, he said, “Gov. Romney showed that he not only has the experience and skill to be president, he has the courage and the passion to be an exceptional president.”
“The ‘R’ next to his name stands not just for Republican but for reformer,” he added.
“Let this be our time in history so that someday we can tell our children and our grandchildren that we were there… to save America,” Walker said.