Governor Scott Walker’s day one agenda in the White House would include several proposals aimed at undoing the work of the previous administration. Walker, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, detailed several of his top priorities for if he’s elected Thursday morning during a speech at Eureka College in Illinois.
The location is the alma mater of former President Ronald Reagan, who has long been a personal hero cited by Walker and who was frequently referenced in the governor’s address. Walker said that “Ronald Reagan shaped much of my view of the world. In his first inaugural address, he said we should all remember that the federal government did not create the states – the states created the federal government. That’s why I talk about sending power and money from Washington back to the hard-working people in the states. That is real reform.”
In a speech that often stressed the importance of giving government control back to the people, Walker argued that the nation needs a president who is going to “wreak havoc” in Washington. “We need real solutions,” Walker said. “Political rhetoric isn’t going to cut it. Actions speak louder than words.”
Walker focused in on a number of issues he’s touched on already while campaigning across the country this year. His top priorities in office would include repealing ObamaCare, overturning President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, and undoing a pending nuclear agreement with Iran.
The governor also previewed part of an upcoming speech he will deliver in Las Vegas next week, saying he wants to remove automatic deductions from federal employee’s paychecks that currently go to union dues. The move mirrors a similar provision in the controversial collective bargaining legislation he championed in Wisconsin and he said it would protect workers from “being forced to give money to candidates they don’t support.”
Referencing the union protests he faced in Madison over four years ago, the governor made the case that “we have been tested unlike anyone else in this race. We will not back down. I have passed that test time, and time, and time again.”
The governor’s visit to Eureka comes as his campaign attempts to regain the ground he’s lost in the past month, as he’s continued to all in the polls. A new CNN-ORC International poll released Thursday morning found Walker in 5th with five percent. Real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican field, with 32 percent.