It had been planned since the beginning of July, when Governor Scott Walker filed his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, that his formal announcement would come on July 13. Well, that day has arrived and Walker will be launching a 2016 presidential campaign from his home state of Wisconsin with an Iowa tour to follow.


Report from the Green Bay Press Gazette:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker jumped Monday into a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates that already includes more than a half dozen current and former governors.

Walker, 47, hopes to set himself apart as a Harley-riding, average American anchored by Midwest values who is a proven fighter and winner.

He has logged three election victories in the past four years, and one of those battles – a 2012 recall attempt – is sure to be center stage as he launches his presidential bid. Monday afternoon’s announcement event will be in the same Waukesha exposition center where he celebrated his victory over those who tried to recall him from office.

Early Monday morning, Walker tweeted: “I’m in. I’m running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them.”

Here is the tweet from Walker’s campaign accompanied by a video outlining his platform:

As noted, Walker will be speaking this afternoon at a kickoff rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin. From there he’ll be headed to a blitz in Iowa where his tour will eventually take him to all 99 counties. That’s a good place to start for Walker since he’s currently leading the Iowa caucus polling averages, almost by double digits.

Full video of Walker’s announcement speech to follow this afternoon. Stay tuned.


Here is Walker’s full announcement speech:

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