CLEVELAND, Ohio (WEAU)-- America deserves better. That was the phrase repeated over and over Wednesday night by Governor Scott Walker. The former White House hopeful took to the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Governor Walker highlighted what he called a better way forward. The former presidential candidate said before he took to the stage that he spoke with Donald Trump. Both men shared their concerns over republicans losing a pick in the Supreme Court to the democrats.
In his speech, Walker touched on education and job training, taking terrorism threats seriously and returning power back to state and local governments.
He went on to talk about republican leadership working in Wisconsin. He highlighted reforms made under Act 10 and his ability to withstand a recall election. Walker also talked about his support for Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
Earlier this week, Governor Walker talked about his connection to Pence, saying he is thrilled at the vice presidential pick. When it comes to a Trump/Pence ticket on the ballot, Governor Walker says his choice is clear. Walker says America's national security is at risk if voters elect Hillary Clinton in November.
“Make no mistake: we can’t wait four more years and “get ‘em next time. The consequences are too great. After hearing the FBI Director's recent comments, I wouldn't even give Hillary Clinton the password to my iPhone - let alone access to classified information,” Walker said. “This isn't just another Clinton scandal, Hillary's scandal put our national security at risk and that makes her unfit to be president.”
Governor Walker’s speech comes after two other Wisconsin politicians took to the stage earlier this week in Cleveland. Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson and house speaker Paul Ryan were at the podium last night. Ryan also introduced vice presidential pick Mike Pence Wednesday.
Among those in the crowd all week long on the RNC floor is Brian Westrate, a delegate from Eau Claire. Westrate says the atmosphere in Cleveland has been electric all week long and with so many speakers from Wisconsin, he says its great to see the badger state getting the chance to share the spotlight.
“Wisconsin has had the most convention speakers out of the entire 49 states and Senator Johnson spoke last night. It’s been great to see all of these Wisconsin leaders and to be on the floor as they are speaking to us has been remarkable,” Westrate said.
Westrate says he is excited for what the rest of the convention will bring, especially Thursday’s speech from Donald Trump.
As for the democrats, they had a strong response to Governor Walker's speech. A statement sent out from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin reads in part, "What we heard from Governor Walker tonight only validates that his actions at the republican national convention are about setting himself up to run in 2020, not help sow party unity or support Donald Trump."