The circus is coming to town. Or at least to Bill Miller's.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, will visit San Antonio on Wednesday, Sept. 2, the first official campaign stop in the Alamo City for the 2016 presidential campaign. Walker will visit the Bill Miller's at 4500 Broadway Street at 4 p.m.
Both Democratic and Republican candidates have stumped in other Texas cities during the current campaign cycle. The Rio Grande Valley in particular has been a magnet, with Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump all making visits. But Walker, the union-busting, Harley-riding college dropout, will be the first in our fair city.
Whatever success Walker has had so far is due to the fact that he comes straight from presidential hopeful central casting: He’s the governor of a purple state. He won two gubernatorial elections and a contentious recall election. He’s an Eagle Scout. He’s the son of a minister. He’s a white guy with hair.
But so far, Walker has had trouble unsticking himself from the goopy morass that is the middle of the GOP field. He clocks in between 6 and 8 percent support in most polls — a bit above average, certainly within striking distance of a race that has over a year to go, but not in the top tier.
A key part of Walker’s strategy has been to ensure people know he’s just a regular dude. Take this recent tweet, for example:
I can get on board with that. Who doesn't like Kohl's and beer? But some of his policy positions are more problematic:
-When asked about building a wall along the U.S.-Canada border, Walker said on NBC’s Meet the Press that it’s “a legitimate issue for us to look at.” AshLee Strong, a Walker spokesperson, later told the Associated Press that "despite the attempts of some to put words in his mouth, Gov. Walker wasn't advocating for a wall along our northern border."
-Walker has pledged to never institute a tax to combat climate change.
-Walker greenlighted spending $250 million in taxpayer funds to build the Milwaukee Bucks a new arena. Walker defended the move as “fiscally responsible.”
-He’s probably best-known for weakening Wisconsin’s labor unions in a fierce fight in 2011. Walker later used the experience to explain how he’d fight terrorism as commander in chief, saying:
“I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil. We will have someone who leads and ultimately will send a message not only that we will protect American soil but do not, do not, take this upon freedom-loving people anywhere else in the world. We need a leader with that kind of confidence. If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”
The meet-and-greet with Walker is free. Register for the event here.