DES MOINES, Iowa—One by one, close to a dozen Republicans openly exploring 2016 presidential bids strode onto the stage of a historic theater on Saturday, all with questions facing their viability. Scott Walker may have taken the biggest step forward.
The Wisconsin governor has always appeared to be a potentially strong candidate, at least on paper. One of the unknowns has been whether he could light up a room on the presidential trail. He started to put to rest that question with a confident, warmly received speech at a gathering of social conservatives in Iowa, where the presidential nominating process will begin in just more than a year.