Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announces he will run for president

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who recently visited Israel on a self-described “listening tour,” announced that he is running for president.

Walker’s official announcement came on Monday morning, three days after he accidentally posted a message on his official campaign Twitter account that said he was running.

“I’m in. I’m running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them,” Walker, a Republican, posted Monday morning on his official Twitter account.

He also posted a video announcement. “America needs new, fresh leadership with big, bold ideas from outside of Washington to actually get things done,” Walker said in the video.

He is the 15th announced candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2016 race for president.

Walker visited Israel in May. During the trip he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and took a helicopter tour of the area, from Israel’s border with Syria to the Sea of Galilee and then south to the border with the Gaza Strip.

He said after his visit that the tour made him realize the fear Israelis live with on a daily basis.

“Remember for a moment how many of us—the young people don’t remember this probably so well—but those of us as adults remember what we felt like on the day after Sept. 11,” Walker said. “That’s how they feel almost every day. That’s what they feel like because of what they’re dealing with.”

He also said that the United States must view Israel as a true ally. “It is time to send a message around the world that we stand with our allies,” he said.

Walker did not take media on his Israel trip, calling it an educational trip.

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