Governor Scott Walker appears to be at least walking toward the starting line in the 2016 presidential race, with a planned stop at a major Republican event in Iowa later this spring.
The Republican governor is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Polk County GOP spring fundraiser in West Des Moines on May 23rd. It’s Walker’s first foray into a state that leads off the presidential nominating contests with its January caucuses.
Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann have headlined the Polk County event in past years.
Walker recently said he enjoys the attention and speculation that comes with being a possible White House hopeful. However, Walker has shied away from actually saying he plans to run.
Walker has enjoyed widespread support from conservatives since 2011, after he proposed a law which virtually ended collective bargaining for most public employee unions. He has continued to appear in the national spotlight, which includes speaking this weekend to the nation’s largest annual conservative gathering in Washington.