Republican White House hopeful and governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker is scheduled to outline his presidential foreign policy Friday in a speech criticizing the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for what he sees as a decay of confidence in American military might and greatness. The speech is expected to be given at the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, in Charleston, at 12:15 p.m. EDT.
You can watch his speech live here.
Responding to the notion that the best days of the country have come and gone, Walker will tell the student cadets there that "the greatness of America is certainly not determined by the politicians in Washington who merely follow while others lead, or spend all of their days discussing a problem but never acting," according to excerpts of his prepared remarks provided by his campaign.
While President Obama continues on an 11-day trip to several U.S. cities to talk about the dangers of climate change, Walker is seeking in his foreign policy address to portray the Democratic administration as out of touch with what he would describe as true dangers in the world, such as Islamic terrorism and the rise of the Islamic State militant group, aka ISIS. "Political rhetoric will not keep us safe. We’ve had enough of a president who proclaims that the greatest threat to future generations is climate change," he is expected to say.
The address could be important for Walker, who has been critiqued for his lack of foreign policy experience compared to other Republicans in the race. In February, before he declared his candidacy, he was widely ridiculed for saying that if he can handle union protesters in his home state, then he is prepared to handle a terrorist organization like ISIS. He has since denied making the comparison.
Walker's foreign policy speech seems to be focused almost solely on the Middle East and threats posed by extremist groups like ISIS. In the prepared remarks, he does not name Russia or China specifically as foreign policy concerns, and instead focuses on ISIS, saying that Obama's policies aren't aggressive enough. Walker has changed his position on whether or not to deploy troops to combat the Islamic State group. Earlier this year, he was supportive of the notion, but he has since backtracked and said that local troops should be the primary fighters in the ongoing conflict.