Walker Announces 2016 White House Run

Scott Walker
FILE - In this April 25, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Waukee, Iowa. Organized labor’s fierce opposition to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda threatens to split the political left and deal a new blow to unions if the president prevails in an upcoming House vote. Unions can ill-afford another high-profile defeat. Industrial states including Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin have enacted "right-to-work laws" after electing Republican governors and legislative majorities. Walker is now a serious GOP presidential contender after winning major showdowns including a recall election against public-sector unions. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Gov. Scott Walker has made it official. The Wisconsin Republican announced on Twitter Monday morning his 2016 run for the White House. In the Tweet, on his @ScottWalker account, he said, “I’m in. I’m running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them.”

Walker’s presidential campaign website is also active and features his first campaign video titled, “The Announcement.” The video’s narration begins, “They said for too long we have to compromise our principles to win.” Walker’s then shown at a rally, glad-handing with voters; in blue jeans, a Harley Davidson t-shirt, and baseball cap.

“America needs new, fresh leadership. Big bold ideas for outside of Washington,” he says to voters in the video, hoping to win their support.

He ends with a similar line from Donald Trump’s campaign (and Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential slogan), “We can make our country great again.”

Walker has been working to remind Republicans across the country about that four-year-old fight and his subsequent triumphs. The Wisconsin governor became a national figure after enacting laws that weakened labor unions’ power. He then survived a union-backed recall election.

It’s a record he argues that sets him apart from the crowded Republican field and that he intends to exploit in early-voting states.

Walker has also cut income and corporate taxes by nearly $2 billion, cut money for higher education, legalized carrying of concealed weapons, made abortions more difficult to obtain and required photo identification when voting.

His formal announcement becoming the 15th Republican presidential contender takes place Monday evening in Waukesha, WI.

– The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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