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Gov. Walker, with his family at his side, on Monday formally announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for President. Several thousand supporters turned out for the event at the Waukesha Expo Center.

Walker came out with his shirt sleeves rolled up and spoke without notes or a podium. Walker pledged to fight for the rights of all Americans.

“Healthy or sick, born or unborn, I will fight and win for you. Young or old, or anywhere in between, I will fight and win for you,” Walker says.

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Wisconsin governor Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has officially announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for President. This follows months of strong indicators of his intention to run with events in places like Iowa and New Hampshire, and trips overseas to meet with international leaders.

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And more now on Scott Walker's tenure as governor of Wisconsin. Since he took office, unemployment in his state has fallen and growth has resumed. But critics say Wisconsin's rebound is less impressive than it might seem. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

Scott Walker's path to the presidency runs straight through Iowa — whether he likes it or not.

Ever since an electrifying January speech in the Hawkeye State, the Wisconsin governor has remained the tenuous front-runner in Iowa. He has topped nearly every poll, he has had strong presences at early cattle calls, and his post-announcement tour will be capped by him crisscrossing the state for 11 stops in three days in a Winnebago.

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After months of anticipation, Gov. Scott Walker announced via Twitter that he is seeking the Republican nomination for President. 

Gov. Walker signed a $72 billion, two-year spending plan into law for  Wisconsin on Sunday at a manufacturing plant in Waukesha, as he prepares to launch a bid for the Republican nomination for president. He will make his announcement at the Waukesha Expo Center late Monday.

In signing the dense budget bill into law, Walker said it is all about keeping taxpayers first. He says his actions lower the average property tax bill, freeze UW System tuition for two more years, put resources into working training and require drug testing for many people receiving public benefits.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will announce his long-expected campaign for president on Monday in Waukesha.

The Republican begins as the favorite in early primary state Iowa, a post he's kept since his rousing speech there in January. He benefits from being the neighboring governor and will look now to carve a path that goes beyond the Hawkeye State. He has vaulted into the top tier of GOP White House hopefuls and is a lock to make the debate stage next month.

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When Gov. Scott Walker announces his run for the White House next Monday, his supporters will relish the chance to cheer their candidate. Meanwhile, his critics will be just as eager to share their views.

Fewer than half of Wisconsin voters were happy with the job Walker is doing as governor in the most recent Marquette Law School Poll.

Earl P. Holt, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens has reportedly donated $3,500 to Gov. Walker since 2011. The alleged racist manifesto that Dylann Roof created - the young white man accused of murdering nine black people at a church in Charleston last week, credits the group with influencing his thoughts.

Gov. Walker's campaign says he will donate the money to charity.

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