He was the surprise speaker of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Who knew Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would turn out to electrify — from the beginning to the end of his no-notes, no-teleprompter speech — more than 3,500 conservative activists in the ballroom of the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor.
“Low expectations when he began his speech and what he did with his message about what he as governor did to empower people. He was the populist backed up with constitutional principles,” said Solomon Yue, Oregon Republican National Committee member.
He was the only speaker here to echo President Ronald Reagan, saying of his public employees reform: “I have done it to empower the people, not the government.”
Mr. Yue declared Mr. Walker “the best speaker so far” at this three-day CPAC.