Governor Walker arrives in early presidential primary state of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Governor Scott Walker is pitching himself in South Carolina as a leader with the experience to put the U.S. on a conservative course.

In his first visit this year to the early presidential primary state, Walker got an enthusiastic reception Thursday, March 19th as he recounted his 2012 recall election victory and his successful efforts to weaken labor unions for public and private workers back home. He addressed a South Carolina Republican Party fundraising luncheon.

State Party Chairman Matt Moore said Walker is a strong social and fiscal conservative who favors a strong military posture. He said Walker is the kind of candidate who would do well in South Carolina.

South Carolina will hold the South's first primary, in February, weeks after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.