Scott Walker: What does he stand for?

  • Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a campaign stop called Politics and Eggs with business leaders and political activist, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. AP/Jim Cole

    This article is the latest in a continuing series examining where the 2016 candidates stand on five key issues. Click here to read about Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, John Kasich and Bernie Sanders.

    In the months before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker entered the presidential race, he was vaulted into the top tier of Republican candidates by delivering a rousing speech to conservative activists in Iowa. He entered the race in July, at the top of the pack but began to slide once Donald Trump declared his candidacy and upended the field.

    Walker caught the attention of national Republicans when he took up a fight against some of the state's public employee unions in 2011 and proposed a bill to eliminate collective bargaining. The move sparked raucous protests at the State Capitol building in Madison and an effort to recall Walker from office. After a fierce battle, he prevailed on June 5, 2012, becoming the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall attempt. It was the second of three statewide elections he would win in a four-year period (the other two were his election and re-election as governor).

    That fight is the conservative calling card of his presidential campaign, since Walker announced his candidacy. "My record shows that I know how to fight and win. Now, more than ever, America needs a president who will fight and win for America," Walker said.

    But he also toes conservative orthodoxy on almost every other issue ranging from education to abortion to same-sex marriage, and has shifted his position on immigration in recent years to back away from a pathway to citizenship.

    Here's a look at were Scott Walker stands on the issues.

  • Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca Kaplan is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.