(Politico) – As anti-establishment Republicans are gaining traction in the polls, Scott Walker is trying to establish himself as an outsider as well.
In a speech set to deliver in Minnesota on Tuesday, Walker will take on the GOP’s leaders in Congress.
“Republican leaders in Washington told us during the campaign last year that we needed a Republican Senate to repeal Obamacare,” the Wisconsin governor will say, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the campaign. “Well, Republicans have been in charge of both houses of Congress since January and there still isn’t a bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare.”
Walker will say that he’s had to take on the establishment in his party before and that he told GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin, “It was put up or shut up time. If we didn’t do what we said we’d do, the voters would have every right to throw us out.”
“And just like I did in my own state, I am willing to take on anyone – including members of my own party – to get the job done,” he will say.
Walker seemed to be expanding on comments he had made earlier Monday to conservative radio host Glenn Beck.
The Wisconsin governor said he agreed with Beck’s complaint that there were people in the GOP – including McConnell – who were “part of the problem.”
“I hear it all the time and I share that sentiment,” Walker said. “We were told if Republicans got the majority in the United States Senate, there would be a bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare. It is August. Where is that bill? Where was that vote?”
He also criticized Washington Republicans for failing to stop President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
“This is where the frustration is,” he said. “This is why non-elected candidates are surging in the polls.”