Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke at the South Carolina GOP Charleston Luncheon at the Francis Marion Hotel on Friday in Charleston, S.C., as part of a three-stop tour of the Palmetto State.
Walker spoke about his history of being protested by unions as union protestors gathered outside the hotel. Walker noted that during the debate over budget reforms in 2011, more than 100,000 protestors gathered in and around the Wisconsin capitol.
"They protested at my family home," Walker said. "And even followed my family up and down the aisles of the grocery store."
Walker, who faced death threats in addition to the protests, signed the budget reforms and, last week, signed a law making Wisconsin the 25th state to adopt right-to-work laws.
In addition to facing down protestors on budget reform, Walker said, he also had to grapple with a $3.6 billion deficit when he took office. He has, however, delivered surpluses every year since.
"We have cut taxes by a total of $2 billion over the last four years," Walker said.
Regulatory and lawsuit reforms have also been a major issue that Walker has tackled, so that "small businesses and family farms can worry about running their businesses instead of having to worry about fighting frivolous lawsuits."
"Go big and go bold," Walker said. "You don't have to win the center to win over the middle. You just have to lead."
In addition to the Charleston Luncheon, Walker addressed the South Carolina GOP Grassroots Luncheon at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia and spoke at the South Carolina GOP Barbecue DInner in Greenville on Thursday.