With guest host Jane Clayson.
And Walker makes it 15. Fifteen Republicans running for the White House. We look at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s record and his prospects. Plus, a close read of Hillary Clinton's big economic policy speech.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the 15th Republican to enter the presidential race. He’s pushing his conservative record: battled Wisconsin’s public unions and won, fought a fierce recall election and won. He pledges he’ll cut taxes and the size of government. He’s become a hero of the right and an enemy of the left. He says he’s a “name from the future”, digging at Jeb Bush. Where will he fit in this crowded Republican field? Is he the new face of the Republican party? Or a throwback? This hour, On Point: Governor Scott Walker runs for President.
-- Jane Clayson
From The Reading List
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The challenges ahead as Gov. Scott Walker kicks off 2016 bid — "More has gone right than wrong for Gov. Scott Walker in the six months leading up to his presidential kickoff Monday. He is the clear frontrunner in Iowa, the first contest. He’s widely regarded within the political world as one of the three or four Republicans most likely to win the GOP nomination. And his five-state announcement tour this coming week will draw a huge amount of attention because of that."
National Journal: Scott Walker: Conservative Now, Moderate Later? — "Walker is already tipping his hand. In the six months since he gave a dazzling speech in Des Moines that rocketed him to the front of Iowa polls, Walker has shifted his tone—if not his position—on a number of issues to align himself with Iowa Republicans. Once a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, Walker now says he opposes 'amnesty' for illegal immigrants. Once an opponent of federal ethanol mandates, Walker told an Iowa agricultural forum in March that he supports them. Once criticized by social-conservative leaders for airing that moderate-sounding abortion ad and declaring the same-sex marriage fight 'over' in Wisconsin, Walker now frames his presidential launch by signing a 20-week abortion ban and arguing for a constitutional amendment to let states define marriage."
New York Times: A Political Lifer, Scott Walker Has Long Been His Own Strategist — "As Mr. Walker, 47, prepares for his formal entry into the presidential contest, he has brought on a campaign manager, a pollster and a group of press aides. But he has not hired a strategist — because it might be needlessly duplicative: Those who know him well say that Mr. Walker has always been his own."
This program aired on July 14, 2015.