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Pollsters: Scott Walker 'Broadened His Resume' with Iowa Speech

By    |   Monday, 02 Feb 2015 11:36 AM

With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker having catapulted to the top of the polls following his speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, he must seize the opportunity to impart to Americans his vision for the country, according to pollsters Kellyanne Conway and Peter Brown.

They appeared Monday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" to discuss Walker's emergence as the winner in Iowa and how he might successfully campaign against Hillary Clinton.

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In Iowa, Walker was able to "broaden his resume … beyond his fight against the unions," Conway said. "So most people know Scott Walker in Wisconsin because of his courageous taking on the unions, but they didn't know much about him so he was able to completely that picture.

"People are talking about the fact that he requires drug testing for government assistance recipients, that he has a great economy there, he's created jobs, the unemployment rate is low," Conway said.

"You heard him talk about threats to his family. So he really broadened his resume and then, when you showed the clips from the interview yesterday on ABC's "This Week" program, he did what most governors need to do, which is show they've got the foreign policy chops apart from a good record within their own states."

Walker credited his success in Iowa, in part, to the media's repeated characterizations of him as "bland and boring," lowering expectations, Conway said.

"When the media thinks that they are trying to embarrass or really disembowel a conservative leader, they do so with these snarky descriptions and it takes hold and then you see the description again and again and again. And in his case, the descriptions run the gamut," Conway said. "He's bland, he's boring, he has no personality, he doesn't connect with people."

But Americans want "somebody who connected with them and who is very relatable and who's got a great unapologetic, conservative vision for this country," she said, and Iowans decided that Walker fit that bill.

In order for Walker to be a contender for the GOP nomination, he needs to deliver a series of important policy speeches "not about himself" but "to talk about the American people," advised Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, author of "Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Stared It All", who was also a guest Monday on "America's Forum."

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"He needs to remember the American presidency is not about the president," Shirley said. "The American presidency is about the American people, and too many candidates listen to their consultants and run these personality campaigns. (Walker) needs to reject that.

"He needs to talk about the future, young Americans, articulate a hopeful conservative vision for the future that is not just wrapped up in being anti-Obama, but is actually pro-conservative."

Walker, or any other Republican, who may face former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016 will have their work cut out for them since polling data shows Clinton with a double-digit lead against any Republican, according to Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Institute.

"Now, when and if she becomes the real candidate, those numbers might dissipate a bit," Brown said. "People like, voters like, candidates who are non-political and to a degree her being a former secretary of state and not a presidential candidate, you know, helps her freeze her status as the front-runner."

Clinton fares especially well with women voters and non-party voters, he added.

"So she has pretty good strength across the board," he said. "Now, again as the campaign goes on, she may lose some of that strength when she becomes a candidate, but she starts out with a big edge. No doubt about it."

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