In an interview that aired on Milwaukee, WI FOX affiliate WITI on Sunday night, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) downplayed his presidential ambitions and the possibilities of a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Partial transcript as follows:
LOWE: Everything that you’re talking about would be ratcheted up 1,000 times if you ran for president.
WALKER: Other than maybe the president’s daughters, I don’t know of any other children of an elected official who have gone through the kind of scrutiny that Matt and Alex have the last couple of years.
LOWE: Do you have a sense that this is your moment? The closer you get to something like that, the more you realize — you have to be crazy to want to be president.
WALKER: To me, I’m not going to run just because of the pundits or anything else like that. The closer you get to something like that the more you realize — and I say this only half-jokingly — that you have to be crazy to want to be president. And anyone who has seen pictures of this president or any of the former presidents can see the before and after. No matter how fit, no matter how young they are, they age pretty rapidly when you look at their hair any everything else involved with it. Whether it’s two years, six years or 20 years from now — because I think of Hillary Clinton. I could run 20 years from now and still be about the same age as the former Secretary of State is right now. The only thing I think someone is sane should want to be president, or should run for president not because they want to be or yearn to be, but because they feel called to. Right now, I still feel called to be the governor of the state of Wisconsin, and I’m going to do the best job I can over the next four years.
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