He stayed, but only after trying to leave
Less than a month before election day in 2014, Walker stated during a debate with Democratic challenger Mary Burke: "My plan is if the people of the state of Wisconsin elect me on Nov. 4 is to be here for four years…It's a position I'm committed to."
But in July 2015, eight months after defeating Burke, Walker's pledge was called into question when he announced his run for the 2016 GOP nomination for president. At that point, we rated Walker's pledge Stalled.
Two months later, however, Walker withdrew from the presidential race (and we revised our rating to In the Works).
And indeed he has not only remained in office, he opted to seek a third term.
At the same time, implicit in Walker's promise was that he wouldn't try to leave. He ended up staying, but he did try to leave.
So, on his pledge to serve a full second term, we give Walker a Compromise.
Interview, Gov. Scott Walker spokesman Tom Evenson, Sept. 27, 2018
Out of presidential race, and back home
C-SPAN, video, Walker-Burke debate, 25:30 mark, Oct. 10, 2014
JSOnline.com, Walker commits to finishing term, passing on cabinet spot, Sept. 23, 2015
Presidential announcement shows Walker is not so 'committed' to this one anymore
As Gov. Scott Walker ran for re-election in 2014, there already was great speculation that he was aiming for a 2016 presidential bid. In response to a question during a debate with Democrat Mary Burke, the governor tried to put the issue to rest.
In doing so, he made this pledge:
"My plan is, if the people of the state of Wisconsin (re-elect) me on Nov. 4, is to be here for four years ….It's a position I'm committed to."
In making his formal entry into the presidential field in July 2015, Walker made this much clear: He's not fully committed to finishing his term.
Clearly, if he becomes president, he won't finish his term.
It remains to be seen, of course, whether Walker will win, or pursue another opportunity if he doesn't. But for the moment, he is open to options other than finishing his term.
Some have argued this promise should be listed as broken. But, words matter. And he did not promise not to run for president -- only to serve a full term.
We'll re-evaluate this promise down the road. On our Walk-O-Meter scale, the best fit for a promise trending toward broken is Stalled. That's what we rate this one.
Email interview, Gov. Scott Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick, July 16, 2015