Scott Walker Announces 2016 Presidential Run

Wisconsin governor is 15th GOP candidate seeking Republican nomination

By Rebecca Macatee Jul 13, 2015 2:56 PMTags
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Scott Walker is running for president!

On Monday, the Wisconsin governor announced he would be seeking the GOP nomination, tweeting, "I'm in. I'm running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them."

Walker is the 15th GOP candidate, joining fellow Republicans Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio, to name a few.

In a video message posted to Walker's campaign site, he said: "America needs new fresh leadership with big bold ideas from outside of Washington to actually get things done."

Walker, who has had three statewide wins in four years, makes a point to acknowledge his strong record in the clip: "We fought and we won...In the Republican field, there are some who are good fighters, but they haven't won those battles. There are others who have won elections but haven't consistently taken on the big fights. We've shown we can do both."

So is this 47-year-old politician a frontrunner to win the Republican nomination? That depends on who you ask and how his campaign goes from here! Per the New York Times, Walker's advisers are aware voters often describe him as "authentic," "real" and "approachable." What they'd like, however, is for the presidential hopeful to be described as "smart" and "sophisticated."

"Scott is working on that," Ed Goeas, a senior adviser to Walker, told the New York Times. "Look, 'approachable' is worth its weight in gold in politics. 'Smart' is something voters look for in legislators who craft policy. But Scott is preparing hard to talk about every issue."

Bring on the debates!