What to Take Away from Gov. Walker’s CPAC Speech

PolitiChicks.comWhen Gov. Walker took the CPAC stage, I instantly noticed two things:

  1. He’s not standing behind a podium with a teleprompter.
  2. He had his sleeves rolled up.

Why are these two things important? Because it shows that Scott Walker means business. His message wasn’t just another speech. He was saying, “I’m here. I’m ready to lead. I’m ready to do the necessary work.”

By coming out with rolled up sleeves and no suit jacket, he looked approachable. He looked like the kind of guy you want to sit down and have a beer with.

When I initially saw Gov. Walker at the RNC meeting in San Diego last month, I thought he was a powerful speaker with important topics and an even greater message. Since that initial speech, he has grown as a speaker. He’s now more engaging. He knows how to work the crowd, how to speak to our hearts.

“There’s a reason we celebrate July 4th and not April 15th.  It’s because we celebrate our independence from the government, not our dependence on the government!”

If nothing else, that was the most powerful line in his 20-minute speech.

As time goes on, I anticipate Gov. Walker becoming an even more engaging speaker. And for the first time in my life, I’m genuinely excited about a presidential election and a presidential candidate.

This, America, is who I believe will be my generation’s version of Reagan.

Mark my words.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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