Walker defends troubled presidential campaign

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  • "If you want someone who will fight and win... then I'm the candidate," Walker said on "State of the Union"
  • Walker's comments come as he's plummeted to 10th place in Iowa

Washington (CNN)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday defended his troubled presidential campaign, citing his record as a Republican governor in a blue state as his key to success.

"If you want someone who will fight and win... and get results without compromising common sense conservative principles, then I'm the candidate," Walker told CNN's Jake Tapper in an interview that aired Sunday on "State of the Union."
Walker's comments come as he's plummeted to 10th place in Iowa, pulling in just 3% of the vote, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll released Friday. That's down from his first-place lead and an 18% share as recently as July.
    "We're convinced in the state where caucuses are the name of the game ... we've got the time to make the grassroots connections and get that message out," Walker said.
    Walker has come under criticism recently from his fellow GOP contenders for not having clear positions on issues, but the Wisconsin governor said his record should speak for him.
    "Remember Barack Obama had never run anything in government before, and we see what a lousy president he's been," Walker said. "I've run things. I've actually got things done."
    And Walker said the same resilience that enabled him to survive a recall election in 2012 will help sustain his presidential campaign.
    "They went after me in a recall election and we won. And they made me the number one target in America," Walker said.
    Walker recently altered his campaign schedule for next weekend, forgoing speeches in California and Michigan to appear in Iowa and South Carolina, two early-voting states. He told CNN's Sara Murray that he did so because Iowa and South Carolina have forums those days, and that he's planning to visit all 99 counties in the Hawkeye State, having been to 30 so far.
    "We should make sure we're actually in the states, the early states, so they can compare us to the other candidates," Walker told Murray.