Scott Walker is officially running for president.
The Wisconsin governor made his announcement early Monday, with a
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The 47-year-old will be seeking the Republican endorsement in the 2016 presidential contest. He's currently in his second term as governor after winning last fall. He was first elected in 2010, and survived a tight recall in 2012 as well.
He's expected to give an announcement speech Monday in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Walker's video announcement argues Republicans should embrace their ideals rather than try to compromise on them, with Walker saying his tenure in his state proves it can work.
“In Wisconsin, we didn’t nibble around the edges," he said. "We enacted big, bold reforms that took power out of the hands of the big government special interests and gave it to the hard-working taxpayers, and people’s lives are better because of it.”
The Wisconsin State Journal documents Walker's rise, writing he's "made plenty of savvy political moves to arrive at this historic moment — as the first sitting Wisconsin governor to run for president." But the story also notes he benefited from some timely choices made by others, and circumstances outside his control.
NPR put together "five things you should know" about Walker.
According to Politico, the most recent Real Clear Politics poll shows Walker with 10.5 percent support – second in the Republican field to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has 16.3 percent.
Last Friday, Walker's Twitter account accidentally sent a tweet about the announcement early – a Twitter spokesperson later said Walker and his staff weren't to blame for the incident, Business Insider reported.
The Minnesota comparison
In April, Walker visited Minnesota and defended Wisconsin's economy. The two states have been compared frequently recently because of their proximity and divergent political paths, with Minnesota under Democratic control during a time when Wisconsin was under Republican control.
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Minnesota during that time increased taxes (specifically targeting top earners), legalized same-sex marriage and created its own insurance exchange, MNsure. The state's unemployment rate has dropped below 4 percent.
In Wisconsin, Walker immediately began slashing taxes, and aggressively targeted labor unions. He quickly became a target of pro-union groups, but survived a tight recall effort. He also promised 250,000 private sector jobs during his first four years in office – he finished at about 147,000, Politifact Wisconsin said.
But the state's unemployment rate fell from 8 percent when he took office in January of 2011, to an April 2015 figure of 4.4 percent.
The other candidates
There are five candidates officially in the 2016 presidential race on the Democratic side; 15 Republicans have announced their intention to run.
Not sure who you agree with?
The New York Times has a look at each candidate (plus some likely possibilities to get into the race), along with recent activities.
And websites such as OnTheIssue.org lay out candidates’ positions, and also offers a quiz where you choose whether you’re for or against certain things, and at the end it selects which candidate you line up best with.