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Walker Renews Tough Tone In Speech To Southern Republicans

During An Unofficial Campaign Opportunity In Oklahoma, Governor Talked Middle East Policy

Gov. Scott Walker
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Gov. Scott Walker continued his possible presidential bid on Thursday with a stop in Oklahoma City where he renewed his tough talk against what he calls Islamic radicals.

State Republican Party officials call Oklahoma the reddest — or most GOP-leaning — state in the U.S., and Walker told the Southern Republican Leadership Conference about his recent trip to Israel where, he said, leaders are worried about Islamic extremists.

“Once and for all we need, going forward, a commander in chief in this country, who will tell it like it is and lay out that radical Islamic terrorism is a threat to us all, and we’re going to do something to stop it,” Walker said.

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Walker told the crowd he’ll announce his decision on running for president at the end of June, when the state budget is finished.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin promised more changes Thursday in the governor’s budget plan, including to SeniorCare and state’s economic development efforts.