Republican Base-Play: Walker, Cruz

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, center, and Rep. Paul Ryan, listen as Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today announced two added speakers for his convention at the end of the month sure to gin up the Republican base.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, whose efforts to end collective bargaining for most public employees set off protests and a recall election, was announced today as a speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Walker survived the recall even as Democrats successfully recalled state senators who voted to take away employees’ bargaining rights and captured control of that chamber.

“We have seen the power of bold ideas right here in Wisconsin,” Walker said in a statement. “The American people are demanding bold reform and we need to put a leader in the White House who will fight to turn our country around.”

Also scheduled for a turn on the convention stage is Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite who recently won the Texas Republican primary for U.S. Senate against the establishment favorite, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Cruz is favored to win the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Three other convention speakers also were announced: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the state’s first female attorney general; Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno; and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.

 

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