Fresh off a first-place finish in a Des Moines Register poll, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sounded ready to pick up the mantle as GOP frontrunner.
Appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Walker was quick to latch onto 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s assessment that the 2016 party nominee would be someone who has yet to carry his message across the country.
“If we’re going to take on a name from the past, which is likely to be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, I think for the party we need a name for the future,” Walker told ABC.
He contrasted that with Clinton, whom he called a candidate of the 20th century, not the 21st century.
Clinton, he said, “embodies all the things that we think of Washington: She lives here, she’s worked here, she’s been a part of the Washington structure for years.”
Washington has a top-down government-knows-best attitude that regular Americans reject, he said, adding, “I don’t think they want government telling them what to do.”
He reiterated that he sees himself as the candidate who can appeal not only to Republicans, but to independents and working-class voters alike.
“You can give speeches all you want,” Walker said. “People want people who lead. They don’t need to agree with you 100 percent of the time on every issue.”