When I began considering the various candidates for the GOP Presidential nomination and their respective positions on the important issues, I had three issues that I considered to be deal breakers – abortion, gun rights, and immigration reform. On the later of those three, I will not even consider voting for any candidate that supports any manifestation of amnesty for illegal aliens. Despite all of his positives, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was on record supporting a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, which I consider to be the definition of amnesty and thus could not win my support.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday”, Gov. Walker said “My view has changed. I’m flat out saying it.”
I look at the problems we’ve experienced for the last few years. I’ve talked to governors on the border and others out there. I’ve talked to people all across America.”
And the concerns I have is that we need to secure the border. We ultimately need to put in place a system that works. A legal immigration system that works.”
And part of doing this is put the onus on employers, getting them E-Verify and tools to do that. But I don’t think you do it through amnesty.
While I am happy to see Gov. Walker has seen the light, I maintain a certain amount of skepticism when a politician changes his views and announces his candidacy for office at virtually the same time. Still, Gov. Walker does seem to have a bit more integrity than some other Governors who plan to enter the race, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for now. It will be up to him to demonstrate his commitment over the coming months.
This change of heart, if sincere, would certainly change my views towards his candidacy. Although it does not make him a contender to be my first choice, it means he could easily become a second choice, and would put him on my short list to be an acceptable running mate for Ted Cruz.