Walker Drops Out

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Gov. Scott Walker is dropping out, according to insiders. His press conference is scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern time. Gov. Walker has shown enormous courage as governor of Wisconsin, and we applaud his recognition that he now has no path to the presidency.

An early adopter of the “truce strategy” downplaying social issues, Walker found himself caught between donors who have bad political instincts and voters clamoring for a genuine outsider.

Kudos to him for caring enough about his country to run and enough to drop out when voters’ rejection became clear.

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Walker: Hillary Is Lying About My Record on Women’s Health

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Gov. Scott Walker appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, during which he was asked by Jake Tapper about criticism leveled at him by Hillary Clinton, particularly on Walker’s actions to defund Planned Parenthood.  Walker fired back, saying Clinton was “not telling the truth.”

You can read his full response below:

JAKE TAPPER: Well, if you do get the nomination, it does seem likely that you’ll be facing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You brought up your defunding of Planned Parenthood as governor. Listen to what Hillary Clinton had to say when she was in the Badger State earlier this week.

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HILLARY CLINTON: Governor Walker has made it his personal mission to roll back women’s health and rights. He did defund Planned Parenthood.  And even though women in Wisconsin are still paid less than men, with women of color making even less, Scott Walker repealed protections for equal pay. Maybe he just doesn’t realize that, when women are shortchanged, entire families are shortchanged, and Wisconsin and America are shortchanged.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

TAPPER: A little preview for you there, Governor, if you do get the nomination. How are you going to respond to Secretary Clinton talking about you opposing equal pay and opposing women’s health care?

SCOTT WALKER: Well, Hillary Clinton, like she is in so many other areas, is not telling the truth.  I think, increasingly, Americans across this country realize we can’t trust Hillary Clinton to tell the truth on just about anything.

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New CNN Poll: Trump, Carson Surge Continues

In the latest CNN national poll, Trump continues his surge–up 8 points since the August poll–to lead the field with 32 percent support. Carson doubled his support, rising ten points to 19 percent.  The Fiorina surge appears to have stalled: she’s down to 3 percent in this poll.

More GOP voters believe Trump will be the nominee, even though they say they would prefer Ben Carson. Bush, declining 4 points to 9 percent, is in third place. Huckabee and Walker are tied at 5 percent, continuing the Walker slump. (In August, 14 percent of GOP voters thought Walker would be the nominee. That number is down to 1 percent).

32 percent of white Evangelicals back Trump, but 28 percent now support Carson.

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What Will Walker Do to Protect Religious Liberty?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (photo credit: Michael Vadon via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

WWWD?  Scott Walker says as he “reads” the Constitution, religious liberty is a “fundamental right.”  But what would he DO if elected president to prevent the totally unnecessary religious liberty conflicts now emerging?  What would he do other than support the Constitution and the Wisconsin constitution? People are tired of doublespeak from politicians.

I am guessing Hillary Clinton is also willing to say religious liberty is a fundamental right.  And she supports the Constitution.  What difference would electing you President of the United States make?

Listen to Walker talk religious liberty on the Laura Ingraham show.  Listen hard, and see if you can find any suggestion he’s willing to actually go up against the Left on these issues.  Or is he just going to rely on his read of the the Constitution?  Because Kim Davis is still in jail.  And Melissa Klein still faces potentially bankrupting fines.  And Kelvin Cochran is still out of a job.

Your read doesn’t do anything of them any good, Gov. Walker.  WWWD?  Tell us, please, no runarounds.

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These GOP Candidates Dodge, Hide, and Spin on Kim Davis

The Kim Davis saga has been unfolding over weeks but it burst into the limelight when a federal judge tossed her in jail for the crime of refusing to put her name to gay marriage licenses.

These candidates, when asked about Kim Davis, dodged the question:

Scott Walker

Scott Walker has a modus operandi for dealing with religious liberty conflicts with gay rights. He perfected this in his non-response to the Indiana debacle, and he’s sticking to his game plan: Talk about history, talk about the Constitution, talk about the Founding Fathers, talk about how great Wisconsin Constitution is. Talk about anything except what you are going to do to keep gay marriage dissenters out of jail. There’s a balance see. Religious liberty is important. But not important enough to say you will support any piece of legislation to defend it. Because the First Amendment is great, man. That’s what he’s gonna run on.

Scott Walker on the Laura Ingraham show:

LAURA INGRAHAM: … The other issue that I haven’t heard you discuss is this Kentucky clerk. Religious liberty is an issue I know you’ve spoken about before, but it’s in sharp conflict right now with the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. Huckabee, Jindal have come out saying that religious liberty interests must be respected, and cannot be buried in this new iteration of marriage. What is your take?

SCOTT WALKER: Not only do I believe that the Constitution allows for states to define marriage — I disagreed with that court ruling — but I believe that the next president, one of the most important things I can do as president is uphold the Constitution.

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What Do Bush, Walker, and Graham Have Against Christians in Syria?

Orthodox Christians worship at a church in Damascus (photo credit: michael_swan via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

Jeb Bush’s August 11th speech at the Reagan Presidential Library laid out a six-point blueprint for driving the remaining Christians out of Syria — unintentionally, perhaps, but effectively nonetheless.  Each element of his plan for Syria was contrary to the interests of those beleaguered Christians.  A point-by-point discussion of the plan and its defects is published here.  Scott Walker gave a decidedly less substantive speech on the same subject at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., on August 28th, which also embraced policies contrary to the interests of Syria’s Christians.

By way of background, the Christian population of Syria was roughly two million before the civil war began in 2011 and is today under one million.  Most of the Christians in Syria live in areas controlled by the government of Bashir al-Assad, with some living in areas along the border with Turkey governed by a de facto Kurdish government.

Firstly, both Bush and Walker are calling for the violent overthrow of Assad before the defeat of the Islamic State.  This will plunge Syria into an even more violent competition for control between the extremist al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and the more extremist Islamic State in which there will be literally no place for Christians to hide and which conflict will certainly spill over into Lebanon.

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Trump Trounces Field in ThePulse2016.com’s August Straw Poll

While August marked a new month for the 2016 campaign, it brought about the same result from readers of The Pulse 2016.  For the second straight month, Donald Trump soundly beat the rest of the Republican field in our monthly straw poll, racking up an astounding 49 percent of the vote.

With over 27,000 participating, this was an impressive showing from Trump.  Following him in second place was Ben Carson with 19.3 percent support.  And rounding out the top three was our May straw poll winner Ted Cruz, who took in 12.7 percent.

You can see the full results below:

Donald Trump 13314 49% Ben Carson 5260 19.3% Ted Cruz 3458 12.7% Rand Paul 1858 6.8% Marco Rubio 887 3.3% Carly Fiorina 729 2.7% Mike Huckabee 453 1.7% John Kasich 363 1.3% Scott Walker 251 0.9% Jeb Bush 206 0.8% Rick Perry 176 0.6% Rick Santorum 76 0.3% Chris Christie 62 0.2% Bobby Jindal 47 0.2% George Pataki 24 0.1% Lindsey Graham 17 0.1% Jim Gilmore 10 0%

 

Another notable mover in August was Rand Paul, who more than doubled his share of the vote to 6.8 percent from last month’s 3.3 percent.  On the other hand, a significant August loser was Scott Walker, who fell precipitously to only 0.9 percent support this month after registering 7.7 percent of the vote in July.

Our straw poll was conducted from August 5th to August 31st.  Please note that the results of this poll are not scientific.

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Others are Noticing the Walker Slump—Finally

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (photo credit: Michael Vadon, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Two weeks ago, Frank Cannon talked about the remarkable Walker slump in the polls.  Others are finally noticing:

Walker’s backers see a campaign discombobulated by Trump’s booming popularity and by his provocative language on immigration, China and other issues. They see in Walker a candidate who — in contrast to the discipline he showed in state races — continues to commit unforced errors, either out of lack of preparation or in an attempt to grab for part of the flamboyant businessman’s following.

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The newest Des Moines ­Register-Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll, released Saturday night, showed Walker’s support plummeting, underscoring the severity of the problems. Iowa is the linchpin of Walker’s early-state strategy, the place where he has been leading the polls for much of the year and where a victory has long been assumed among his senior staff.

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Billionaire Donor Claims Walker Promised Not to Push “Social Agenda” as President

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

The Washington Post reports:

Stanley S. Hubbard, a conservative billionaire who oversees a Minnesota broadcasting company and has donated to Walker’s campaign, said the candidate has promised he would not push a “social agenda” as president and is simply expressing his personal beliefs when asked.

“If he’s smart, he will get back to basics and get back to what he did in Wisconsin [and] get off the social issues,” said Hubbard, who had lunch on Tuesday with Walker and other campaign supporters. “No one is asking him to change the morals of America.”

Promises to donors like Hubbard may explain why Walker periodically blurts he’s not running on social issues.

Walker has promised to sign a 20-week bill on abortion but not necessarily to push it through Congress. He endorsed a Constitutional amendment returning the power to define marriage to the states, but the president need not even sign a Constitutional amendment. Walker speaks a lot about religious liberty as a Constitutional value but not what he would do to protect it.

Walker pledged in a conference call to take a more fighting stance. Fighting for what, exactly?  Social conservatives should be aware of the claims Hubbard is making publicly that Walker has promised not to push “social issues.”  What will Walker actually do for those of us who care about life, marriage and religious liberty?  Enquiring social conservatives will want to know the answer.

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The Common Core Report Card: Scott Walker Gets a D+

In our Common Core report card, we graded Scott Walker and all of the GOP candidates based on the three following criteria: fighting the Common Core, protecting state and local decision-making on education, and defending child and family privacy. Then we averaged the three grades together for one final grade.

What does each grade mean?

A … Champions the issue, e.g., offers legislation, makes it a centerpiece issue. … Professes support, but has not provided leadership or otherwise championed it. C … Has neither helped nor hurt the cause. D … Has an overall negative record on the issue. F … Robustly and consistently works against the issue.

So how did Scott Walker do?

Ending the Common Core System: D+ Protecting State and Local Decision Making: D+ Protecting Child and Family Privacy: D+

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Overall Grade: D+

Until recently, Governor Walker’s rhetoric on Common Core has been good. He admits that, when he ran in 2010, it wasn’t on his radar and that’s certainly understandable given how the standards were pushed into the states. He rightly gives credit to the state’s citizens for making it an issue, something that may not seem like a big deal, but it is to activists who have been ridiculed as irrational by elitists in both parties.

Walker’s comments on Common Core include:

September 25, 2013 (Wisconsin State Journal): “I’d like to have Wisconsin have its own unique standards that I think can be higher than what’s been established and what’s been talked about at the national level.”

The above statement — made on the heels of increasing activism and debate about the Common Core — seems to be the first time in which the Governor spoke publicly about the Common Core.

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