Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) discussed 2016 presidential possibilities. Walker maintained his plan is to serve the four years of his governor’s term, but left the door open for a potential 2016 run. He was asked, however, about his fellow Wisconsinite, Rep. Paul Ryan (R), the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and potential 2016 candidate.
Partial transcript as follows:
TODD: I’ve got to ask you about 2016. You made a pledge in October that you were going to serve all four years. Does that pledge still hold?
WALKER: I said my plan was for four years. I’ve got a plan to keep going for the next four years. But, you know, certainly I care deeply about not only my state, but my country. We’ll see what the future holds.
TODD: Do you defer to Paul Ryan?
WALKER: I love Paul Ryan. I’ve said many times before I’d be the president of Paul Ryan fan club. But I do think if we’re going to beat Hillary Clinton in this next election, we’ve got to have a message that says, “Hillary Clinton is all about Washington.” I think in many ways, she was the big loser on Tuesday because she embodies everything that’s wrong with Washington.
We offer a fresh approach. Any of us, now 31 governors across the country have the executive experience from outside of Washington to provide a much better alternative to the old, tired, top-down approach you see out of Washington D.C. We need something fresh, organic, from the bottom up. And that’s what you get in the states.
TODD: You’re not deferring to Paul Ryan, then? It sounds like you believe a governor, not a member of Congress should be the Republican nominee?
WALKER: Paul Ryan may be the only exception to that rule. But overall, I think governors make much better presidents than members of Congress.
(h/t RCP Video)
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