Walker’s speech focused on renewal and reconciliation, but he also invoked America’s Founding Fathers – and his first visit to Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, which happened last fall:
“And I have to tell you, I was so touched. I stood in there, and I looked at those desks and I looked in those chairs.
"And even as a kid, I thought of our Founders as superheroes, as bigger than life. Standing in that hall it dawned on me, that these were ordinary people -- ordinary people who did something extraordinary.
“They didn’t just risk their political careers. They didn’t just risk their businesses. They literally risked their lives for the freedom we hold so dear today – and the men and women in uniform in this country defend every single day.
"Moments like that remind me why American and why Wisconsin are so great,” Walker said.
“You see, what has made our country unbelievable – what has made the United States of America exceptional, what has made the United States arguably one of the greatest countries in the history of the world, is that in time of crisis – be they economic or fiscal, be they military or spiritual – in times of crisis, what has made America amazing has been the fact that throughout our history – throughout the more than 200 years of our history, there have been men and women of courage who stood up and decided it was more important to look out for the future of their children and their grandchildren than their own political future.
“And what has sustained them -- what has sustained them, here in Wisconsin and across our country, has been whether there have been leaders of courage; what has sustained them is, there were good and decent people who stood with them shoulder-to-shoulder, and arm-to-arm. That’s what you have done for Wisconsin and for America.”