- Scott Walker
« Speech on Day One Plan
September 10, 2015
ICYMI: Gov. Walker Remarks on Day One Plan As Prepared for DeliveryAt President Reagan’s alma mater, Eureka College, Governor Walker today discussed his Day One Plan to wreak havoc on the status quo in Washington like he did in Wisconsin. Below, see his full remarks as prepared for delivery and watch the full speech here: http://bit.ly/1Lmhjje
Full remarks as prepared for delivery:
It is great to stand on the same stage as Ronald Reagan did when he was a student here at Eureka. He knew how to go big and go bold and I am ready to follow his lead.
This year, my wife Tonette and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here. Tonette often jokes that I remember our anniversary because it is Ronald Reagan's birthday. I like to think of it as the other way around. Either way, it is an honor to be back.
Ronald Reagan shaped much of my view of the world. In his first inaugural address, he said we should all remember that the federal government did not create the states – the states created the federal government. That's why I talk about sending power and money from Washington back to the hard-working people in the states. That is real reform.
Ronald Reagan helped rebuild the economy by lowering taxes and by getting the federal government out of the way of the people. His policies led to one of the most prosperous times in American history. This is why I work so hard to lower the burden on the hard-working taxpayers. That is pro-growth.
Ronald Reagan rebuilt our military, stood up for our allies, stood up to our enemies and - without apologies - stood for strong American values. That led to one of the most peaceful times in American history. He believed in peace through strength. I do too and I will follow his lead. That is true safety.
President Reagan was not only a conservative and a Republican, he was an eternal optimist in the American people. I am too.
Today, we need a leader who thinks more about the next generation than the next election. Someone who willing to go big and go bold. It is not enough to elect a Republican as President, we need a reformer.
Four years ago, Tonette and I celebrated our wedding anniversary on the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. I remember it well because it was also the night that the Packers won the Super Bowl.
The following night, I had my cabinet over for dinner. I told them how Ronald Reagan took decisive action early in his first term in a way that defined his Presidency.
Specifically, I told them of how he had fired the air traffic controllers. Ironically, their union was one of the few to endorse him but they were threatening to go on strike. President Reagan forewarned them that going on strike was a violation of the law. When they did it anyway, he fired them. It was a bold move - at great political risk - but it was the right thing to do.
From that point on, people across the country - and around the world - knew he was serious. This set the stage for many powerful reforms throughout his presidency. He went big and he went bold - and it worked.
In the 2010 elections, the voters switched from all Democrat to all Republican control of state government. They wanted us to fulfill our campaign promises.
After the elections, I told the new Republican majorities that it was put up or shut up time. We had to keep our word or voters would have every right to throw us out at the next election.
So we went big and we went bold.
Soon after, the protestors started to show up. At first, it was people from Wisconsin. Then, thousands of people came from across America. The big government union bosses bussed them in and flew them in from Chicago and New York and Washington, D.C.
They tried to intimidate us. But we didn't back down.
When more than 100,000 protesters occupied our Capitol, we didn't back down.
When there were death threats against me and threats against my family, we didn't back down.
When they went after a Supreme Court Justice, we didn't back down.
When they took us to federal and state court, we didn't back down.
When they tried to recall six of our state Senators, we didn't back down.
When they tried to recall me, we didn't back down.
And when they made me one of their top targets in America last fall, we didn't back down.
Instead, we fought and we won. We got results - and we did it without compromising our conservative principles.
We took power away from the big government special interests and put it into the hands of the hard-working people. That's pro-taxpayer.
We passed Right to Work so people have the freedom to choose if they want to be in a labor union or not. That's pro-worker.
We fixed a $3.6 billion budget deficit so we could focus on helping people create more jobs and higher wages. Our budgets cut taxes by $4.7 billion so families can keep more of their hard-earned money.
If these conservative reforms can work in a blue state like Wisconsin, imagine what we can do in Washington.
Now, we need a leader who can wreak havoc on Washington and put the American people back in charge of our government. I am that leader. I have been tested like none other in this race and we have solutions to move this country forward.
We have a plan to repeal ObamaCare and put patients and families in charge of their health care decisions and dollars. I call it the Day One Patient Freedom Plan.
On Day One, I will send our plan to Congress. To get them to act, I will require the Members of Congress, their families and their staff to live under the same rules as the rest of America when it comes to ObamaCare. They need an incentive to act immediately to repeal ObamaCare.
You see, we were told that if Republicans claimed the majority in the 2014 elections, they would vote to repeal ObamaCare. Well, it's September and there is not a bill on the President's desk. I get why people are upset with Washington. Heck, I'm upset with Washington. I want them to share our sense of urgency.
Talk is cheap. Voters want action.
As Governor, I authorized my state to join the federal lawsuit against ObamaCare on my first day in office. When people look at my record, even Democrats acknowledge that I do what I say I'm going to do. I don't back down.
So far, I am the only major candidate with a real plan to repeal ObamaCare. I challenge the other candidates to do more than just say that they'd repeal ObamaCare, tell us how you'll do it. I have a plan and it starts on my first day in office.
On Day One, I will terminate the bad deal with Iran.
Some candidates suggest that they'll wait while others consider keeping the bad deal and try to make it better. I know that President Obama's Iran deal is bad for America, bad for Israel and bad for the world. I don't need to wait for the powers in Washington to tell me what to do. I will get rid of the bad Iran deal on my first day in office.
On Day One, I will end President Obama's unlawful executive actions on illegal immigration. The President himself previously said some twenty-two times that he couldn't do what he ended up doing last November.
It took me and twenty-four other governors going to court to stop him from doing what he set out to do on illegal immigration. I will stop these unlawful acts on my first day in office.
These are just a few of the big and bold actions I will take on Day One as President of the United States. On Monday, I will travel to Las Vegas to layout our big, bold ideas to transfer power from the big government union bosses to the hard-working taxpayers.
For example, on Day One, I will stop the government from taking money out of the paychecks of federal employees for political union dues. That protects workers from being forced to give money to candidates they don't support.
I've won those battles in Wisconsin and believe me, I won't back down from the battles in Washington.
Going forward, we will present another specific solution - each week - to address the challenges facing America.
To wreak havoc on Washington, America needs a leader with real solutions. Political rhetoric is not enough - we need a plan of action. Actions speak louder than words. I have a plan to move this country forward.
To wreak havoc on Washington, America also needs a leader who has been tested. I have been tested like no one else in this race. We passed those tests and now, I am ready to lead this exceptional country.
Now more than ever, America needs a leader who will fight and win for real reform. A leader who will fight and win for economic growth. A leader who will fight and win for true safety.
Elect me as your next President and I won't back down. I will fight and win for you.