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Scott Walker Building Team Able to Deliver 'Policy Chops': Reports

By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 12:58 PM

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is beefing up his foreign policy credentials in his quest to snatch the 2016 presidential nomination away from front-runner and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Walker's latest coup is the hiring of top policy operator Andrew Bremberg away from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to head up domestic and foreign policy for Walker's Our American Revival group, Politico reports.

It's not Bremberg's first White House rodeo — in 2012, he headed candidate Mitt Romney's transition team, preparing for Romney's assault on Obamacare should he have won. He also served as a top health and human services adviser in the George W. Bush White House.

John Cusey, government relations director for the American Enterprise Institute, told Politico, "Andrew is a major talent. He is a smart, savvy conservative and he knows policy. This is a serious move by the Walker team."

Walker recently visited Israel for five days and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Washington Post reported, "Steadily over the past few months, he has been acquiring a reservoir of foreign policy expertise. The Israel trip is one more step in the process, providing needed detail and experiences he can then share with media and voters."

AshLee Strong, a Walker spokeswoman, termed the trip "an incredible spiritual and cultural experience," giving Walker the opportunity to hear about "the future of our alliance and identify ways to restore the ruptured bonds between our two countries," the Fresno Bee reported.

Walker also steadily has been eroding Bush's once-powerful lead in the race for the nomination, according to Real Clear Politics' roundup of polls, which now shows Walker with 13.2 percent, just 2.2 percentage points behind Bush's 15.4 percent.

Bremberg has been with McConnell since 2014, primarily dealing with appointments as a conduit between conservatives and Republican senators. Formerly, he was a top health policy expert at MITRE Corp., Politico reported.

Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations told Politico, "What Walker needed to do was to prove that he’s familiar with the issues and can talk about them. I think in the last, maybe, month he’s been doing that."

Politico said that Walker also has taken on Mike Gallagher, formerly with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as a national security adviser.

"Walker is demonstrating enough understanding of the issues to pass the commander-in-chief test," The Washington Post said.

"If Walker can combine his political skills and moxie with policy chops and a domestic and foreign policy agenda, he will be a formidable contender."

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