WASHINGTON -- Governor Scott Walker plans to make his White House bid official on Monday, July 13th in Waukesha.
A Walker aide with knowledge of the rollout confirmed the plan Thursday morning on condition of anonymity because no public declaration has been made yet. The aide also said that Walker will be filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission shortly.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Governor Walker promised to unveil something big on Thursday at 5:59 p.m.
At 5:59 p.m., Walker said this on Instagram:
"Welcome to the first glimpse of the official campaign logo. Over the next 9 days, you'll get a chance to see the logo one piece at a time and it's only going to be on Instagram. If you're excited to see what lies ahead, like, share, regram and tag your friends and get ready for Scott Walker for President. #logo #design #election #GOP #Republican #Conservative"
Walker's presidential bid has long been expected. The second-term Wisconsin governor is set to formally enter the field with strong positioning in Iowa and is expected to have a strong network of conservative donors.
"After he got re-elected to a second term, he quickly pivoted and indicated that he was interested in running for president -- started traveling to Iowa and New Hampshire," UW-Milwaukee Professor Mordecai Lee said.
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"He's demonstrating that by declaring at the heart of where the votes are in Republican primaries in Wisconsin, that he's the guy who can appeal to the other Republican primary voters outside of the state," Lee said.
Candidates in the crowded GOP field are competing for slots in the televised debates, and that may have impacted the timing of Governor Walker's announcement.
"One of the criteria for the very first debate is that you have to be a declared candidate by August 1st, and then they'll start shaving people off based on who are the top 10 in terms of public standing," Lee said.
News of Walker's soon-to-be official candidacy for president had both his political friends and former rivals weighing in.
"I think it's great. I mean, I think it's good for the state of Wisconsin. I'm very supportive of Governor Walker," Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said.
"I don't think it's a surprise to anybody. I think it's a huge field and I think they're all trailing Secretary of State (Hillary) Clinton at this point," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin issued this statement on Walker filing to run for president:
"It's no surprise that Scott Walker is busy filing to run for president and not working to finalize his 'crap budget.’ The real news here is that Scott Walker will be in Wisconsin twice this month.”
The Federal Election Commission's website lists more than 400 declared candidates in the 2016 presidential race. Nearly 100 of them are Republicans.