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In Iowa speech, Gov. Walker says trip to Israel reinforced his belief U.S. must confront ISIS

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WEST DES MOINES (WXOW) -- - WEST DES MOINES (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) is speaking at three events in Iowa Saturday, where he still leads in the polls among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

At a fundraiser for Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart - a member of the Iowa leadership team for Walker's Our American Revival PAC - Gov. Walker made his first public remarks about his trip to Israel this past week.

The Governor told a crowd of about 100 Republicans that the most memorable part of his trip was flying over the entire country with a former member of the Israeli military and seeing from the air just how close it is to Gaza, the West Bank and Syria.

Gov. Walker said it made him think of 9/11 and how every day must feel like that for Israeli citizens.

"Because that's what they're dealing with. And what frustrates me to no end - and what had before but is even more reinforced after having been to Israel - is we've got a President whose idea of how to deal with this in the past is to draw a red line in the sand and allow people to cross it," said Gov. Walker.

After his speech, Gov. Walker told reporters that if he was President he would not rule out putting boots on the ground, especially when it comes to confronting ISIS. But Gov. Walker clarified he would not consider that his first option.

Walker appeared at a closed press event later Saturday afternoon and will speak at the Iowa Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Des Moines tonight.

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