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How Will GOP Primary Voters View Walker's Wisconsin Record?

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Governor Scott Walker stands on stage with his wife Tonette and sons Alex (L) and Matt afer announcing that he will seek the Republican nomination for president on July 13, 2015 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Governor Scott Walker's official presidential campaign announcement is receiving plenty of national attention - including from National Public Radio.

While NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley was in Wisconsin to cover the announcement, he stopped by Lake Effect to chat about Walker's presidential run.

Horsley says that Walker is trying to set himself a part from the crowded Republican field by "distinguishing himself as the guy who both has executive experience and has gotten things done and who is not shy to about tangling with his opponents."

He says Walker is not aiming to be a centralist politician, rather he is running to appeal to "the people on his side of the polarized fence."

"This is not a guy who's going to be targeting his campaign to the broad cross section of Wisconsinites or Americans," explains Horsely. "This is a guy who is going to try to mobilize the base...he is not trying to be everything to everybody, he's trying to be a champion for the fifty-one percent he thinks are on his side."

Walker is counting on doing well in states where he is already favorable. He is kicking off his campaign trail this week by visiting early primary states - Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire and Nevada.

"The GOP electorate in Iowa is dominated by social conservatives, religious conservatives...the son of a Baptist minister plays very well there," says Horsley.

Horsely further comments that winning over Iowa and other early primaries will be the determining factor for the progress of Walker's campaign against so many other GOP candidates.

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