Scott Walker's Presidential Announcement Was Revealed Early, Thanks To A Premature Tweet


Look, it's no big secret: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is going to run for President. It's been pretty obvious for months upon months now, as he's built up a staff and spent time in all the usual places. He's hardly hanging out in Iowa for a summer vacation. In fact, he's widely expected to announce his presidential run in the Hawkeye State on Monday, but the reveal was seemingly spoiled just three days prior — Scott Walker's presidential announcement was revealed early, in a tweet from his official account that was promptly deleted after going out.

Now, I know what you're probably thinking. It's the same image that pops into your head whenever a person or a brand, whether corporate or political, gets embroiled in something embarrassing or controversial on Twitter — that poor social media manager, sweating bullets as they hit "delete." If you accidentally tweet out your employer's presidential announcement days early, that's got to be at least an awkward disciplinary meeting, right?

In this case, however, that's apparently not what happened. According to Business Insider, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the company looked into it, and they "determined the Walker team was not at fault" for the snafu. Which raises an obvious question: what actually happened?

In any event, the suspense — to the severely limited extent any existed — has been broken. Walker will reportedly make the announcement official on Monday, and he's got big plans in the immediate aftermath. He's expected to embark on a three-day road trip across Iowa, according to The Des Moines Register, traversing all of the state's 99 counties to solidify his support. The strategy is in keeping with Walker's devotion to the state, home to the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses — as Politico notes, he's spent less time in New Hampshire than nearly any other GOP contender.

He'll also be diving into a Republican presidential field that's a little overstuffed already, and that's putting it mildly. With Walker's entrance into the race, there will be 15 candidates on the GOP side. If you count former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who's made it clear he plans to announce his own run in August, the number rises to 16.

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Even further, Ohio Governor John Kasich is also expected to run, which would push the figure to 17. That's a dizzyingly large field, especially when you consider that only ten of them will be allowed to participate in the first, Fox News-hosted GOP presidential debate on Aug. 6.

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