On the heels of a well-received speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit this past Saturday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appears ready to launch a 2016 presidential campaign. Having accumulated many accolades in the past 48 hours from attendees as well as conservative media personalities, Walker seems well-positioned to fight for the nomination.
Report from the Washington Post:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead.
Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called “Our American Revival,” and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a later appearance at a gathering in California hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers and a stopover in Denver for additional fundraising.
“Our American Revival encompasses the shared values that make our country great; limiting the powers of the federal government to those defined in the Constitution while creating a leaner, more efficient, more effective and more accountable government to the American people,” Walker said in a statement in the release announcing the committee.
Walker’s steps come at a time when other prospective candidates are making similar moves in what has quickly become the largest prospective field of Republican candidates and the most wide open nomination contest in the modern history of the party.
The big divider for Republicans in 2016 may be the money game. With as many as twenty possible candidates, there are only so many big-name donors to go around. Walker will be competing in the realm of establishment donors as well as his national grassroots network built during his recall election.