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Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina And The 2016 Election47:48Download

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With guest host John Harwood.

Sixteen Republicans are running for president. Two of them — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina — join us.

Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council 42nd annual meeting Thursday, July 23, 2015, in San Diego. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to local residents during a meet and greet at Cecil's Cafe, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Marshalltown, Iowa. (AP)
Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council 42nd annual meeting Thursday, July 23, 2015, in San Diego. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to local residents during a meet and greet at Cecil's Cafe, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Marshalltown, Iowa. (AP)

In six months, Republican voters will start deciding one of their most unusual nomination races ever. Sixteen candidates are fighting for attention – fifteen of them, at least for now, in the shadow of Donald Trump. We’ll talk to two of them. Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of a major technology company, is a longshot in the race. Scott Walker, the current governor of Wisconsin is one of the favorites. And two top Republican strategist will break down the jumbled field. This hour, On Point: is this any way for Republicans to beat Hillary Clinton?
-- John Harwood

Guests

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Conservative political activist. Candidate for the 2016 Republican Party nomination for President. (@carlyfiorina)

Kim Alfano, Republican Party strategist and owner of Alfano Communications. (@ALFANOCOMM)

Nick Ayers, Republican Party strategist. Former senior adviser and campaign strategist for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. (@nick_ayers)

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), Governor of the state of Wisconsin. Candidate for the 2016 Republican Party nomination for President. (@scottwalker)

From The Reading List

The Wall Street Journal: The Right Way Forward for Conservatism — "The conservative movement in the U.S. arose in the years after World War II, in response to the New Deal’s enormous enlargement of the welfare state and the Cold War-era threat of expansionist totalitarian communism. Since those days, conservatives have successfully managed a range of setbacks and challenges, and they can do so again today."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker's up and down election history in his home county — "In his three races for governor, he not only lost Milwaukee County by large margins, but he registered the worst Republican showing for a gubernatorial candidate in roughly 30 years. Walker’s history with voters in his home county seems to tell two very different stories about his capacity to compete on the other party’s turf."

Des Moines Register: Fiorina's cross hairs fixed on Clinton — "Carly Fiorina is not Hillary Clinton — a sentiment the former Hewlett Packard CEO pounded home with seven attacks targeting Clinton at one campaign stop Saturday afternoon. The Republican presidential candidate delivered a 15-minute speech and fielded seven questions at the Iowa 80 Truckstop headquarters in Walcott. She was guest speaker at a fundraising luncheon for state Rep. Ross Paustian, R-Walcott, marking stop 11 of 13 in a four-day Iowa visit."

This program aired on July 27, 2015.

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