White House hopeful Walker: Union battles prepared him to take on Islamic State

File photo of Wisconsin Governor Walker participating in a panel discussion at the American Action Forum in WashingtonBy Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin’s governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State. “”We need a leader who will stand up and say we will take the fight to them and not wait until they take the fight to American soil,” Walker told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Democrats immediately seized on the comment to suggest Walker was comparing Wisconsin protesters to Islamic militants. “If Scott Walker thinks that it’s appropriate to compare working people speaking up for their rights to brutal terrorists, then he is even less qualified to be president than I thought,” said Democratic National Committee spokesman Mo Elleithee.

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