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Walker calls for conservatives to have optimism, relevance, courage in their message

Gov. Scott Walker told activists Saturday conservatives win when they rely on an optimistic, relevant and courageous message that underscores their belief in the American people and not the government.

Speaking to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Walker used his own experience in Wisconsin to illustrate his point.

He said people in Washington, D.C., often talk about things like the sequester and fiscal cliff. But the voters he knows worry about whether their neighbor out of work for six months will find a new job and if their child’s school performs well.

Walker said he took on big government employee unions and won because voters realized he was on the side of hard-working taxpayers. Likewise, conservatives need to show they’re not on the side of big government special interests or even big business.

“We’re standing with the hard-working taxpayers, and that can resonate all across this country,” he said.

Walker said he’s delivered an optimistic message by reforming education to allow schools the hire and fire based on performance rather than seniority and to bid out their health insurance to save money.

“We’re the ones who care about education. We’re the ones who want our children to go forward,” he said.

Walker also pointed to his calls for entitlement reform in Wisconsin as a sign of courage, saying he wants to move people from government dependence to "true independence." Walker said he’s called for those on food stamps to get work or be in job training to qualify for the benefits. He also couched his decision to reject an expansion of Medicaid under the federal healthcare law as one he made to move people off government rolls and into the market.

“It’s about empowering people through the dignity of wok to control their own destiny through the benefit of jobs in the private sector that brings true freedom and prosperity,” Walker said.

Watch the speech.


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