Scott Walker: "All Shall Bow To Me In 2016"Submitted by Chris Contentski on Sun, 11/24/2013 - 18:22
In his week-long media blitz to promote his new book, Gov. Scott Walker spoke at length about his triumph against labor unions that tried to oust him from office midstream and his prescription for the Republican Party’s future.
What the Wisconsin Republican did not discuss is where he stood on immigration, same-sex marriage and abortion restrictions — in other words, the kind of red-meat conservative issues he’ll have to account for in Republican primaries if he chooses to run for president in 2016.
Walker has been seen as a hero of the conservative base nationally since he beat back a Democratic attempt to recall him over the issue of collective bargaining rights. But as a GOP governor up facing a competitive reelection in a blue state and a possible 2016 presidential prospect looking to build his national profile, he has to walk a tightrope: balancing the need to court swing voters in his state while introducing himself outside Wisconsin to GOP primary voters, many of whom prefer no shades of blue in their nominee.