DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is holding up his "go big and go bold" attitude as something Republicans need to emulate in Washington.
In a speech to Iowa conservatives Saturday, Walker ran through a litany of changes he's implemented that curtailed union power, relaxed teacher tenure laws, strengthened gun rights and restricted abortions. All resonated with a Freedom Summit crowd sizing up potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates like him.
Walker shared stories of staring down union interests in the face of mass protests, constant jeering and even death threats to him and his family. He fought off a recall attempt and then won re-election last fall.
The neighboring state governor drew connections to the leadoff caucus state, noting how he attended elementary school in Iowa until his family moved.