DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Governor Scott Walker was in Iowa this weekend -- nearly one week after making his bid for the White House official.
Walker, who officially entered the race last Monday, July 13th with a rally in Waukesha, is investing heavily in the leadoff caucus state and was greeted with enthusiasm Friday, July 17th in Davenport and Cedar Rapids.
Walker has characterized himself as a fighter who successfully limited union power and weathered a recall election in Wisconsin. He promised to bring that fight to Washington, saying he would repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and aggressively deal with terrorists abroad.
In Iowa this weekend, Walker held a moment of silence for five Marines who died in a shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week. One of them was from Wisconsin.
Walker says military personnel should be allowed to carry weapons in recruiting centers.
Walker has pledged to visit all 99 counties in Iowa, doing what he calls the "Full Grassley" -- a nod to Iowa's long-standing Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.
Iowa holds the nation's first presidential caucus.
On Sunday afternoon, he stopped in Cedar Falls, at the Pipac Centre on the Lake -- where he talked about reform, growth, safety and giving more power back to states -- particularly in education, to create jobs that are several times the minimum wage rate, and giving more local schools control.
"I'm for reform. I'm for growth. I'm for safety. What that means is when it comes to reform, I'm for taking power out of Washington, and sending it back to our states and our people, in a way that puts the hard-working tax payer back in charge. That's real reform. I'm for helping build an economy that helps everyone live their piece of the American dream. That's true, pro-growth. And in particular, when I think of our children and grandchildren, I'm for protecting them from radical Islamic terrorism and all these threats in the word. That's true safety," Walker said.
Walker made remarks at Giese Manufacturing in Dubuque, Iowa at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Before that, Walker made a stop in Plainfield, Iowa at the Dietz Farm.
Walker had four events in Iowa Saturday -- meet-and-greets in Council Bluffs (at Hy-Vee), Sioux City (at the Western Iowa GOP Office), Carroll (at the Carroll Cycle Center), and Haverhill (at JD Heil Farms Ltd).
Walker's "Announcement Tour" traveled through six states, including Wisconsin. He has been traveling in a Winnebago, trying to appeal to his fellow Midwesterners.
"In the Midwest, you just take care of problems. You don't make a lot of fuss. We just go out and get the job done and go back to work," Walker said.
So far, Walker has led 11 of the 13 Iowa polls since his breakout performance at the Iowa Freedom Summit in late January. The latest "Real Clear Politics" averaging gives him an eight-point lead over his closest competitors.
Speaking of his competitors -- Donald Trump wouldn't apologize Sunday after igniting a political firestorm a day earlier by questioning whether Senator John McCain -- who spent five years as a prisoner during the Vietnam War -- is a war hero.
Asked by ABC News whether he owes McCain an apology, Trump said: "No, not at all."
"People that fought hard and weren't captured and went through a lot, they get no credit. Nobody even talks about them. They're like forgotten. And I think that's a shame, if you want to know the truth," Trump said Sunday.
Governor Walker called Trump's statements outrageous.
"This is personal. John McCain is an American hero, and I'll stand up and defend him and any other veterans, particularly a veteran who served our country as a prisoner of war," Walker said.
Walker stopped just short of calling for Trump to drop out of the race, saying that's up to the American people.
"What needs to happen is Republicans, Democrats -- Americans need to say 'this uncalled for. This is not right" -- need to speak out about this," Walker said.
On Monday morning, July 20th, Walker will be back in the state of Wisconsin. He is set to sign four bills into law at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh -- including a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
He'll also participate in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board meeting at that same location.
On Monday afternoon, Walker will make an appearance at EAA AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh.
Next weekend, Walker will tour New Hampshire on his Harley.
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