Gov. Scott Walker is among top speakers who will appear at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay later this month.
"I am really proud tonight to announce as well a very prominent role for Gov. Scott Walker -- my governor from Wisconsin, and your governor too, for that matter, Greta," announced Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during On The Record With Greta Van Susteren, according to the Huffington Post.
“We have seen the power of bold ideas right here in Wisconsin,” said Walker in a news release. “The American people are demanding bold reform and we need to put a leader in the White House who will fight to turn our country around. The Republican National Convention will be an important rallying point for our country and our party and I look forward to sharing our story of reform and officially nominating Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States.”
Walker’s recall election was centered around legislation that limited public unions’ collective bargaining abilities, with the exception of police and fire unions. The year leading up to the recall election was filled with protestors and legal battles, but the law was enacted and Walker was safe in the election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who Walker defeated in the November 2010 election.
The convention is being held Aug. 27 through Aug. 30. Walker, a controversial Republican governor who won a statewide recall election against him in June, joins other high-profile speakers at the convention. Other speakers include South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Arizona Sen. John McCain and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, according to the Huffington Post.
The Hill reported in June that Walker’s continued popularity among the Republican Party could earn him the place as a speaker at the national convention.
“I’m going to do what’s best for winning the presidency, and having a convention with bold leaders and great ideas is something that I intend to do,” Priebus told The Hill. Priebus is a Wisconsin native. “Scott Walker is in the category of bright, shining stars with big ideas in this country.”