Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, says Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech proves the president is now a “lame duck” president.
“President Obama’s top-down, government-knows-best philosophy is not working and it is holding America back from reaching its true potential,” Walker said in a statement. “While Washington stands at an impasse, Americans are increasingly turning to state leaders for answers because we are pushing big, bold reforms. Our American revival is not going to be led by a lame duck president who would rather pick fights with Congress. It will be led by reformers who know how to get things done.”
Walker’s statement is one of the bolder ones out there from Republicans. Labeling Obama as a “lame duck” president just a few weeks into 2015—with two years of the Obama presidency to go—is a far cry from what some establishment and Washington, D.C.-based Republicans are saying.
Walker will be speaking this coming weekend at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, hosted by Citizens United and Rep. Steve King (R-IA). Walker has been getting lots of buzz lately as a potential presidential candidate, in a race that can always use another credible conservative alternative to establishment candidates such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.