Scott Walker Might Skip 2016 Florida GOP Primary

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

On Tuesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hinted that he might eschew competing in the Florida primary in 2016, acknowledging that two Florida heavyweights, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush, would likely wage a titanic battle for their home state.

Interviewed by radio show host Laura Ingraham, Walker allowed, “The neat thing about being around the country is that if we choose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there where we couldn’t play in, other than maybe Florida, where Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are at least in some of the polls essentially tied.”

Walker has not announced his 2016 presidential candidacy as of yet and has not committed to entering the Iowa Straw Poll, but he did admit that a Walker candidacy would include a focus on Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

When Ingraham asked if he would consider aligning with another governor in a coalition early in the campaign, such as Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, or NJ Gov. Chris Christie, Walker answered, “I’ve been unconventional, so I don’t write it off. But we have a ways to go before even considering something like that.”

Walker and Jindal joined to write an op-ed ripping Barack Obama for his hostility to school choice in July 2014; one year earlier, the two men penned an op-ed attacking Obama over ObamaCare. They also wrote a letter to Obama asking him to clean house at the IRS after reports surfaced that the IRS was targeting conservative groups.

Jindal served as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association while Walker served as vice-chairman.


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