With a raised voice and rolled-up shirtsleeves, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vowed to create more jobs and opportunity to a standing-room only crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference today.
He also fielded a handful of questions from the audience, including one on how he’d handle the threat of ISIS.
“Sometimes people in the media don’t understand that as a governor I get a threat assessment from FBI,” Walker replied, adding, “I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power” to ensure that the threats posed by radical Islamists “do not wash up on American shores.”
“If I can take on 100,000 protesters I can do the same across the world,” Walker said, without offering specifics.
One of those opponents interrupted the speech, yelling “you suck” and something about American workers. “They come from Wisconsin as well,” Walker quipped, shouting down the protester and bringing the crowd to its feet.
His speech hinged largely on his successes as governor, but he touched briefly on foreign policy.
“We have a president…whose former secretary of State actually gave a reset button to the Russians! To the Russians!” Walker exclaimed.
“We need a president, a leader who will stand up and say we will take the fight to them and not wait” for ISIS to attack, he said. “…We need a leader who will stand with Israel.” Referencing next Tuesday’s address to a joint session of Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Walker said the country needs a leader who “understands” that when a prime minister visits to make a case on Iran’s nuclear threat “we should show him our respect.”
“We need to show the world that in America you have no greater ally and no greater enemy,” the governor said before reverting to domestic policy.
That was largely a message of liberation from government control.
“In America we celebrate our independence from the government, not our dependence on it,” Walker said, touting his accomplishments in Wisconsin on concealed carry, castle doctrine, and voter ID.
“Our school scores are better … because we put the power back in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers.”
In reference to a 2016 run — he stressed that his lawyers said he needed to note they’re still in the exploratory stage, something followed by chants of “run, Scott, run” — Walker said “we need to go back to look at the great founding principles of this country.”
“Not to go back in time… but to use that as a guide,” he said.
“They tried to recall me. They made me their No. 1 target,” Walker said of his electoral experience, adding that it would help “should we choose to run for the highest office in the land.”
“I’ve been running three times in the last four years.”