Exclusive Interview: Gov. Scott Walker on Why Conservatives Don’t Need to Move to the Center to Win
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Three governors have faced recall elections in U.S. history. Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker is the only one to survive – and with a larger margin of victory the second time around.
How did he do it? Walker visited Heritage for an interview with Jackie Anderson to talk about what’s worked in Wisconsin and the path forward for conservatives. (Hint: It doesn’t require moving to the middle.)
As he considers a run for the White House in 2016, Walker is touting his successful reforms and recounting his story in a new book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.”
He’s also speaking out against Obamacare. With unpopularity of Obamacare at a high, Walker said now is an opportune time for conservatives to show their alternatives to the President’s unworkable health care law. He cited Heritage’s patient-centered approach as one option:
We need to have more leaders, particularly in Washington, articulating those ideas, talking about how we don’t need a state or a federal exchange to do this. Instead, what we can do is empower changes in the tax code that would allow individuals, whether they want to buy it through their employer, whether they want to buy it individually, whether they want to go to a health savings accounts, they have the same tax incentives, and that’s what the Heritage plan – one of its key premises – talks about. Let the market drive this.
Watch the full interview to hear Walker discuss what conservatives must do to put America back on the right track.