Saturday, August 1st, 2015
Gov. Scott Walker touted a reduction in Wisconsin property taxes during his presidential announcement speech on July 13, 2015 in suburban Milwaukee.

Walker wants to build on early positives

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series from PolitiFact Georgia on the 2016 presidential candidates that appears on Mondays.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker entered the crowded Republican race for president July 13 with an edge over some of his competitors: a national conservative following built around his efforts against public employee unions.

In his announcement speech, Walker, 47, said he will run for president as a Washington outsider who will cut taxes and reduce the size of the federal government.  

Walker was first elected to a four-year term as governor of Wisconsin in 2010. But he was forced to face state voters again in 2012 after Democrats and organized labor collected enough signatures to force a recall election. They were upset by Walker's controversial plan to strip most public workers of union rights.

Walker survived the recall election and was re-elected in 2014.

"My record shows that I know how to fight," he said in a 45-minute speech announcing his candidacy for president. "And I know now, more than ever, that Americans need a president who can fight and win for America."

PolitiFact has checked numerous statements by Walker in his tenure as governor and in the months that he has traveled the country in anticipation of entering the presidential race.

As of last week, PolitiFact has fact-checked 145 statements by Walker, rating 16, or 11 percent, True; 32, or 22 percent, Mostly True; 27, or 19 percent, Half True; 22, or 15 percent, Mostly False; 38, or 26 percent, False; and 10, or 7 percent, Pants on Fire.

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