Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) announced on July 13, 2015 that he was running for President. His Twitter account declared the early morning announcement, sent out at 5:29 am CST:
His formal announcement was delivered later in the day in the same Waukesha Expo Center just outside of Milwaukee, WI where he celebrated his victory in 2012 over Democrats and labor union leaders who tried in vain to recall him from office. Taking the stage in front of supporters, he gave a speech in which he outlined his motivation for a run:
“Americans want to vote FOR something and FOR someone. So let me tell you what I’m for: I’m for Reform. Growth. Safety. I’m for transferring power from Washington to the hard-working taxpayers in states all across the country. That’s real reform. I’m for building a better economy where everyone can live their piece of the American Dream. That’s pro-growth. I’m for protecting our children and grandchildren from radical Islamic terrorism and other threats in the world. That’s true safety. My record shows that I know how to fight and win. Now, more than ever, we need a President who will fight and win for America.”
Full video of speech:
In announcing his intention to seek the presidency, Walker becomes the 15th prominent candidate to join an already diverse GOP presidential field, including fellow current governors Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Chris Christie (R-NJ), former Governors Rick Perry (R-TX), Jeb Bush (R-FL), Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and George Pataki (R-NY), Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), former pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and real estate mogul Donald Trump as declared Republican candidates.