Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) received several standing ovations when he addressed the gathering of conservatives at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
But, the moment that seemed to get the most enthusiastic reaction from the overflowing crowd was when a heckling protester tried to interrupt Walker's speech. Without missing a beat, Walker brushed the heckler off by going “off script,” and the crowd reacted with a thunderous ovation:
“Apparently the protesters come [here] from Wisconsin as well. But you know what? Those voices can't drown out the voices of the millions of Americans who want us to stand up for the hard-working taxpayer. As long as I'm a leader, I'll continue to do that going forward.”
Walker knows a thing or two about dealing with protesters. In February 2011 when his first round of reforms to the state labor laws were being debated, tens of thousands of protesters took over the state house in Madison for weeks. He again dealt with them when a recall effort was launched against him.
The CPAC protester isn't likely to be the last for Walker, who appears to be weathering media scrutiny just fine: According to CNN, “Walker is leading a crowded field of potential presidential candidates in Iowa,” and has the support of “25% of likely Republican caucus-goers.”