Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on
Monday announced his official bid for the White House.
“I'm running for president to fight
and win for the American people,” he
said in a campaign video.
Walker, 47, is best known for declaring
war against Wisconsin's public employee unions as a way to regain
control over the state's budget. Shortly after taking office in
2011, he successfully pushed for a bill that repealed collective
bargaining for most government workers. That led to an unsuccessful
effort to recall Walker the following year.
Walker is the 15th candidate
seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
He objects to marriage equality, a
position he shares with his Republican rivals. But Walker has also
called for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a
heterosexual union in response to the Supreme Court's recent ruling
striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states.
Walker's wife, sons disagree with his opposition to gay marriage.)
According to The New York Times,
Walker will start campaigning Tuesday in the four early nominating
states of Nevada, South Carolina, New Hampshire and Iowa after
holding a kick off rally in Wisconsin on Monday.