GOP's Walker touts state ties during trip to Iowa

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By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, is introducing himself to Iowa Republicans as would-be presidential candidates often do — as one of their own.

Walker tells about 600 of the GOP faithful at a party fundraising banquet in a Des Moines suburb that he spent his childhood in Iowa.

That connection could help when saying hello to the people who could have a big say in whether Walker advances in Iowa's presidential caucuses, should he run for the White House in 2016.

Walker broadly describes himself as a fellow Midwesterner, and one in touch with everyday people.

In his remarks Thursday night, Walker encouraged Republicans to be more optimistic, more relevant and more courageous.

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