Scott Walker's New Strategy: Attack Hillary Clinton

By Lovelace, Ryan | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, August 11, 2015 | Go to article overview

Scott Walker's New Strategy: Attack Hillary Clinton


Lovelace, Ryan, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's stump speech has been described as one he can deliver in his sleep. But as Walker's poll number's begin to slip, the governor's message has a different focus to wake up GOP primary voters: attacking Hillary Clinton.

Walker launched his campaign in Waukesha, Wis., with the message of "a fighter who wins." During one four-minute appearance onstage at the Voters First Forum in New Hampshire last week, he twice mentioned winning "three elections in four years." He has frequently discussed his battle with public-sector union workers and talked about his service as governor.

But when he appeared at the first nationally televised presidential debate on Fox News on Thursday, he mentioned his three electoral victories just once in the multiple-hour debate. Instead, he focused on Clinton when he could and interrupted to add quips such as, "everywhere in the world that Hillary Clinton touched is more messed up today than before."

The governor headed south after the debate, and rather than focus on his success in Wisconsin he again chose to target the Democratic front-runner. Walker was the last presidential candidate to speak at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, Ga., this weekend, and focused much of his remarks on his opposition to Clinton while Donald Trump's latest antics dominated national political news.

"I want to spend the last couple minutes of this session talking about one particular candidate: Hillary Clinton," Walker said on Saturday. "Let me repeat that Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton. Because there's been a lot of talk in the national media about other candidates, we need to remind the American people, as bad as things are with the president today it'd be much worse if there was a President Hillary Clinton. We can't let that happen."

On Sunday, Walker traveled through South Carolina and hammered home the same message. During a visit to Gaffney, home of the large Peachoid landmark made famous by Netflix's "House of Cards," Walker reportedly called Clinton "a real threat to this country moving forward," and added, "I'm the best candidate to take her on."

Walker's pivot from his resume to Clinton's has not yet appeared to have any impact on the polls. …

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