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    Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker Clear Favorites at Iowa Summit

    Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker Clear Favorites at Iowa Summit

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Former Hewlett-Packard Co-CEO Carly Fiorina. (Jim Young/Earnie Grafton/Reuters/Landov)

    Monday, 26 Jan 2015 10:20 AM

    By Sandy Fitzgerald

    Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, two of the more lesser-known potential candidates for the GOP nomination in 2016, came out as stars in the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, proving themselves among the more famous conservatives who took the stage.

    “Carly Fiorina, whom most people had never heard of, got the best response," former Oklahoma GOP Chairman Gary Jones, who attended the marathon 10-hour event Saturday, told The Washington Times.

    "She came across as a highly intelligent woman and a strong leader as the ex-chief executive of the biggest tech firm in the world," Jones said, adding "she did herself the most good.”

    Fiorina, who now chairs the American Conservative Union, is the former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, and won praise for her measured, intelligent speech that also took stinging shots at presumptive Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

    Meanwhile, Walker, the winner of two tough elections in Wisconsin after taking on the state's unions, also made his mark at the Des Moines event that featured speeches from numerous GOP presidential hopefuls, including people like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, all of whom normally get more attention.

    Walker has a reputation of being an understated speaker, The Times reports, but he improved his position, "walking from one end of the stage to the other, with sleeves rolled up and no teleprompter, talking substance — what he would actually do as president," Jones said.

    "We had heard he can be a lackluster speaker. He wasn’t.”

    Walker received several standing ovations, and several news outlets reported the crowd at the summit was more receptive to him than they were to other speakers, including Cruz, Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

    Veteran election watchers said they were impressed by the event, sponsored by Iowa Rep. Steve King, overall, particularly with the conservatives that crowded in and stayed through the whole event.

    "We thought most people would head home after a few hours and watch the rest on TV, but the candidates were surprisingly all on their game and people stuck around," said West Des Moines caucus chairman Richard Rogers. “My wife said she was afraid to go to the restroom for fear of missing something — it was almost all that good."

    While the Iowa event was going on, in Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal was sponsoring an event of his own, teaming with California-based conservative organizer David Lane to bring in 200 pastors for a training session on how to seek political office.

    And while the Iowa event got more press play, the Jindal-Lane event is being seen as one of the largest pushes to enlist evangelicals, many of whom are considered more aligned with the Republican national platform.

    "Our goal in 2016 is to have 1,000 pastors running for city council, county commissioner, school board, mayor, Congress — who attract an average of 300 Christian volunteers per campaign," Lane said. "That would amount to a total 300,000 grassroots, evangelical, precinct-level conservatives — from the bottom up — in 2016," he added.

    And while some in Iowa said Jindal's presence was missed, the Baton Rouge event was better attended, with some 6,000 born-again Christians on hand, Lane told the Times.

    Tickets for the Iowa event sold out, but the much smaller venue held an estimated 1,300 attendees, all there to learn about candidates other than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, both front-runners in a field where no candidates have officially announced their intentions.

    And Romney, Bush, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul skipped the Iowa event, which some said was a mistake.

    "I think Rand hurt himself by not showing," Jones told The Times. "He tends to make more sense, to be more substantive, to deliver his message a little better than most. Iowans didn’t get to see that."


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    Carly Fiorina on Immigration
    • No comprehensive reform; but yes to DREAM Act. (Sep 2010)
    • Support the Arizona law because feds are not doing their job. (Jun 2010)
    • Opposes Continued funding of sanctuary cities. (Sep 2010)
    • Opposes Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. (Sep 2010)

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    Scott Walker on Immigration
    • Endorses path to citizenship for immigrant workers. (Jul 2013)
    • Make it easier to enter the country legally. (Jul 2013)
    • 2010: stop suspected illegals; 2012: that's a distraction. (Jul 2013)
    • Supports AZ's immigration law and no benefits for illegals. (Jul 2010)


    http://www.ontheissues.org/Scott_Walker.htm#Immigration
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe2 View Post
    Scott Walker on Immigration
    • Endorses path to citizenship for immigrant workers. (Jul 2013)
    • Make it easier to enter the country legally. (Jul 2013)
    • 2010: stop suspected illegals; 2012: that's a distraction. (Jul 2013)
    • Supports AZ's immigration law and no benefits for illegals. (Jul 2010)


    http://www.ontheissues.org/Scott_Walker.htm#Immigration
    Oh boy, look here how he tries to "clarify" his past comments. He's clearly not given any thought or study to this issue and needs to shut up until has has. A very surprising failure on his part if he's really serious about becoming President of the United States. A bunch of wrong-headed, mealy-mouth garbage from someone who is otherwise very particular about his comments, plans and goals.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepo...194096481.html

    Scott Walker clarifies his stance in illegal immigration debate

    By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel
    Feb. 28, 2013


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    - Did Gov. Scott Walker last week endorse the hotly debated idea of giving undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship?
    It sounded that way to some. A Politico story Feb. 22 reported that Wisconsin's Republican governor said he "supports a pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants."


    That prompted the group America's Voice, which supports such a policy, to trumpet Walker's stance this week, saying "the fact that a very conservative Midwestern governor is joining the ranks of Republican presidential hopefuls who support immigration reform with a path to citizenship shows just how dramatically the politics of this issue have changed."


    But Walker's actual comments - made in a webcast with Politico in D.C. - were ambiguous on what has been the most contentious question in the broad immigration debate: the status of millions of people living in the U.S. illegally. Walker never mentioned citizenship in his comments.


    And he told the Journal Sentinel in an interview Sunday he hasn't taken a position on citizenship for illegal immigrants.


    A high-profile governor now mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, Walker gets increasingly asked about national issues, as he was in a flurry of interviews last week during the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

    And immigration reform is an especially hot topic, with the GOP struggling to improve its image with Hispanic voters and some conservatives softening in their opposition to future citizenship for illegal immigrants who pay fines, have no criminal record and meet other conditions.

    During the Politico interview, Walker complained about a broken immigration system and said the U.S. should reduce the barriers to legal entry for people who want to come here and "live the American dream." He said, "We should be welcoming those people with open arms."


    Then Walker was asked if he supports a bipartisan approach to give illegal immigrants living here a kind of provisional status - not necessarily citizenship - to remain in the country.


    "I don't know if that's exactly (the answer) but there's got to be some way," Walker said. "For people waiting to come in our country legally, we've got make sure that they get in first, that they get their status first, because they've been following the rules and playing by the rules. After that, if there is a way to set up a process so that you enable people to come in and have a legal pathway to do that, that's something we've got to embrace. Whether or not it's that specific bill or not, I think there's some nuances to that."

    While Walker talked about a "legal pathway," he said nothing about "citizenship." (Some Republicans support a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants but not citizenship.)

    Walker also argued that there was too much focus on resolving the status of illegal immigrants and not enough on fixing the legal immigration process to allow more people into the U.S., especially to meet the demand for high-skilled and other workers.

    Because of the way his comments were reported, Walker was asked again about the citizenship issue in an interview two days later with the Journal Sentinel.

    "For the undocumented 12 million that are already here, have you said that you'd support finding a way for them to become citizens?" the governor was asked.


    "I haven't gone into the details of that. What I said in that (Politico) interview and I've said in others is we've got to balance that, and find a way to fix - my focus is less on a way of dealing with those here - that doesn't mean it's not a part of it - but my focus has been on, first and foremost, we've got to fix what I think is a broken immigration system just for those that are seeking legal passage."

    Walker was asked: "But you haven't taken a position on whether the people that are already here should have a conditional pathway to citizenship?"

    His answer:


    "No. Again I think long term that's going to be a part of it but I think there are too many people here in Washington who are leapfrogging over everything else and trying to get to that right away. We fundamentally don't have a system . . . to legitimately deal with people who want to come - in fact, I think you would greatly reduce if not outright eliminate the number of people who come in illegally if we had an effective, time-effective particularly, system of dealing with legal immigration."


    Scott, our immigration system isn't broken. We do not need to make it easier to come to the United States. Our legal immigration numbers are already off the map, way too high, more than a new San Antonio every year with 1.3 million coming in legally. We can't afford the legal immigrants coming in now, let alone all the illegal aliens. You wanted to cut benefits and state spending in Wisconsin, well, we want to cut benefits and federal spending on illegal aliens and immigrants. 57% of all immigrants are on welfare and you think and claim to believe we want or need more of that? 71% of all illegal aliens are on welfare and you think we need to make it easier for people like this to come to the US?

    My advice. Sit down and shut-up until you actually care enough about our nation and citizens to have spent a day or two researching this issue. Maybe the simple compelling facts I've handed to you on a silver platter will help you and every other candidate to understand that this issue is THE ISSUE of the 2016 elections, and anyone who demonstrates they haven't cared enough to study the issue to arrive at correct responses doesn't deserve and will do to serve our country as President of the United States.
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