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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker poses for a photo with John and Anna Beauchamp, taken by their dad Darrell, at Cass Screw Machine Company on Aug. 18, 2015 in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Walker announced his "Day One Plan" to replace Obamacare. (Glenne Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

BARRINGTON, N.H. — Feeling a sense of "urgency" — and witnessing the surge of Donald Trump — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he's more willing to take on his own party and to draw clear distinctions between himself and the rest of the Republican presidential field.

"I think before I was trying to be respectful of other candidates," Walker told reporters after a town hall meeting Wednesday in the first primary state. "I feel a sense of urgency, (people) want to see it, they want to feel it, and so we've started to articulate that."

Walker faced criticism for lacking passion in his first GOP debate performance earlier this month. But he's begun to show more spark in Iowa and New Hampshire this week, confronting protesters at the Iowa State Fair and criticizing Republicans in Congress for failing to repeal the president's health care law as he rolled out his own replacement plan. At multiple events in New Hampshire on Wednesday he reminded crowds of his fights with Wisconsin's unions and his survival of a 2012 recall election.

His new energy comes in the wake of success by Trump and other candidates who are tapping into anger among GOP voters about current office holders. Walker wants voters to know he can take the fight to his fellow Republicans.

"A lot of people don't know that I took on, before anything else, the establishment of my own party," he told reporters. "There are a lot of folks in our state legislature who didn't want to tackle the kind of big, bold reforms we pushed — we had to take them on first before we ultimately took on the unions and special interests in Washington."

Several of Walker's rivals haven't been afraid to turn the tables.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called Walker a "career politician" who is part of the problem.

"Has he ever had a job outside of politics? He was running for office when he was in college. I'm not going to be lectured by a career politician, that's for sure," Paul said while visiting Haiti this week.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed skepticism about Walker's health care plan, which shifts some power to the states to operate Medicaid and includes refundable tax credits tied to age rather than income. Jindal said the plan creates another entitlement program.

"If we as Republicans don't stand for limited government and for shrinking the size of government, then we are done as a country," Jindal told reporters following an education summit that both he and Walker attended.

Walker defended the plan and brushed off Jindal's calls for the two to have a debate on health care policy.

"If he's at the next debate, I'll certainly debate it along with every other candidate out there," Walker said.

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RINO Cowboy

Interesting. Big Bold Governor Unintimated in a picture with a caption that it was taken at the Scr_w Machine Company. Exactly what a Walker Administration would be if He_ freezes over and he is elected president. Very appropriate. "Feeling sense of 'urgency,' Walker says he'll get aggressive" while he is becoming desperate.

Cassandra

Up against a field of smarmy thugs, Walker comes off as a petulant brat.

TenRing

Walker is done, as is the Hilldabeast - stick a fork in them.

Buggs Raplin

Hey, Scoot, I hear Subway is looking for a new spokesperson...

Buggs Raplin

It's all catching up with Scoot. He never would have been elected if he had told the voters what he intended to do with the state employees union; survived the recall only because a segment of the population doesn't like recalls, not because they liked him; won reelection because the Democrats fielded an abysmal candidate. Scoot has no chance of getting the GOP nomination; he'll most likely be defeated when he runs for governor again.

sylvester

How much is it costing the Wis taxpayer for this guys travel and security in the last year?

Opus

I think Walker has played it well to this point. Trump won't survive himself...he's one more dumb remark away from becoming the afterthought that he is.
Said it before and I'll say it again: Don't underestimate Walker. He's a dope for sure, but he is a great politician that knows how to energize his base supporters.

TenRing

Really, after the Mexican, McCain and Megyn remarks you think he's "one more dumb remark away..."? His poll numbers have only risen, and he's just a few points away from Hillary, whose ship is sinking very fast. As one pundit put it, if the other candidates want Trump to go away, they need to steal his issues and run with them.

hrpufnstuf

CORNFED DOLT!

awol2009

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called Walker a "career politician" who is part of the problem.
"Has he ever had a job outside of politics? He was running for office when he was in college. I'm not going to be lectured by a career politician, that's for sure," Paul said while visiting Haiti this week.
Walker is a pretender - he's a destructive idiot that will never be a POTUS nominee for the GOP. WI taxpayers will be paying for his blunders for yrs. Another $10 million today was just announced in legal settlement for canceling train contracts for the high-speed rail project - he turned down $800 + million of our fed. tax dollars to build/expand our transportation infrastructure.
Scott Walker is getting desperate? He always has been - a nobody that's done nothing but ride the coat-tails of the Koch Bros- a hitman they sent out to do their dirtywork in WI's "legal mafia" now known as "Walkerstan".

LAX

"(people) want to see it, they want to feel it, and so we've started to articulate that."

No, we've seen way too much already and we sure as h__ don't want to feel it!

Bill Payer

So now he's getting desperate. That leads to trying to be something you're not. Which leads to the inevitable parade of blunders, gaffes and bloopers... precisely because you're trying to be something you're not. Grab some popcorn, this should be a fun show to watch.

logical thinker

In. Over. His. Head.

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