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Grover Norquist: Scott Walker 'Changed the Country as Governor'

By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 11:40 AM

Conservative activist Grover Norquist tells Newsmax TV that the reason Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would be a "good choice" for president in 2016 is that "he has changed the country as governor."

"He has had more successes as a governor than [former President Ronald] Reagan did as governor, than [former President George W.] Bush did as governor or than any of the Democrats who have run — [former President Jimmy] Carter and [former President Bill] Clinton," Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, told John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Monday.

"All those guys were interesting governors, but none of them did things that other states said, 'We must do that,'" he said, except for maybe Reagan, who began "the conversation on welfare reform, but he wasn't able to pass it through his legislature."

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"[Walker] reformed public-sector unionization so that 100,000 people don't have their dues taken away from them," Norquist said.

"He's helped to defund the very hard left of organized labor: the public-sector unions. He's freed up the work rules, which make it easier for work to get done in cities and towns and counties, made it easier for school districts to move on teachers that don't want to teach anymore," he said.

"He's spoken truth to power, he's taken on the power for unions and he won three times," he added.

Norquist, along with Patrick Gleason, an Americans for Tax Reform official, wrote an opinion piece for Reuters on Thursday.

The two argue that with the GOP's recent wins, former President Calvin Coolidge, who was in office from 1923 to 1929, "would be a smart model for the party," and that Walker emulates Coolidge so much that it may "tell us about a potential President Walker."

"He has had tremendous accomplishments like Coolidge, who took on a runaway union in Massachusetts," Norquist told Newsmax.

"It's not an endorsement," he said. "He'd be a great candidate and a great president.

"There are several others, but I wanted to make the case for Walker because he has changed the country as a governor," he said.

Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said Walker has "been a leader" on "every issue that conservatives focus on" — he passed "conceal carry so that people can defend themselves in the country. He cut taxes repeatedly. He expanded school choice."

Norquist said the fact that Walker doesn't have a college degree shouldn't be held against him. Walker attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, but didn't complete his degree because he took a job with the Red Cross.

"The reason a college degree helps is that you bring skills to a new employer and also that people know that you have these skills," he said.

"We've watched him as a local elected official and as a governor. We know he has these skills. He can read, he can write, he can speak well," he said. "A college degree doesn't do it for you."

In addition, Norquist said, "his record stands for itself and shows what he can accomplish."

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Conservative activist Grover Norquist tells "America's Forum" that the reason Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would be a "good choice" for president in 2016 is "because he has changed the country as governor."
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