Walker sworn in for second term as Wisconsin governor

Posted at 10:22 PM, Jan 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-12 14:17:13-04

MADISON -- Big battles and big dreams await Governor Scott Walker as he launches into a second term.

The question is - will the political battles conflict with a possible presidential run?    

But before all the work begins, Walker supporters were at the Inaugural Ball celebrating another clean sweep in the state house.   

"We got into the race in 2010 and with the help of many of you here we won that election," said Walker. "Then unexpectedly in 2012 we needed your help again and we won that election. Then in  2014 we ran again and we won that election and here we are tonight."

As Republicans look forward to another four years, are they also looking forward Governor Walker possibly running for president?

"I’d like him stay in our state because we really need him," said Walker supporter Mary Jo Thompson, but she's okay with him running.

Democrats see any flirting with a higher office as a distraction.

"Clearly we need and deserve a governor who is fully engaged," said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca.

Walker’s first term is the history books for its sweeping changes that divided the state. A battle the governor still takes pride in winning.

"We took the power away from big government special interests and returned it to you—the hard-working taxpayers," said Walker.

But in a second term will Walker try a softer tone of getting along as he dances with the idea of running for president?

"In contrast to the politicians along the Potomac, we get things done here in the Badger state," said Walker.