Scott Walker for President in 2016?

With a couple of key moves in recent few days, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sends clear signal that he is interested in making a presidential run.

Editor's note: This story was updated at 4:50 p.m. Saturday to include CPAC straw poll results.

Coming off Mitt Romney's defeat in November, Republicans are looking for a strong candidate who will give the party a chance at taking back the White House in 2016.

Could Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker be their man?

Even before the November presidential election, there has been speculation that Walker — along with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and others — would go after the GOP nomination in 2016.

And in an interview with Politico on Friday, Walker did little to quell that speculation.

“Would I ever be (interested)?" Walker told the political web site. "Possibly. I guess the only thing I’d say is I’m not ruling it out."

Walker also declined to say whether he would finish out his second term as governor if he is re-elected in 2014.

“For me, it’s really a measure of what I’ve accomplished and what more I could accomplish if I was in a different position,” Walker told Politico.

Walker spoke at the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C, on Saturday morning, where he told the audience that the states — including Wisconsin — were leading the way to reforming government, the Huffington Post reported.

"Real reform does not happen in Washington, it happens in the statehouses throughout this country," Walker said, noting that he, in particular, was leading the way to end "government dependency."

Walker and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan also were among 23 Republicans whose names on a 2016 presidential straw poll ballot at CPAC on Saturday. Walker placed sixth in the poll, which was won by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, according to Politico. Walker received 5 percent of the vote, while Ryan came in fifth with 6 percent.

Walker's appearance at CPAC and his comments to Politico come just days after it was announced that the governor will be the keynote speaker at a county Republican fundraiser in Iowa, a key state for anyone with presidential aspirations.

Walker agreed to speak at the Polk County GOP dinner in late May, according to Patch's media partner WISN 12 News.

The latest speculation about Walker making a White House run prompted ridicule from Mike Tate, chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party:

"That Scott Walker would openly contemplate a run for president after a dismal record of job loss, division, diminished standards and unethical conduct is shocking in itself. And it says something about this Republican Party that the best they can do is a governor whose failed policies have caused his state to plummet to 42nd in the nation in job growth and last in the Midwest in every economic indicator.

“Scott Walker is openly and baldly displaying that he would rather serve his ambition than the people of Wisconsin. Which is disappointing, but not surprising.”

FreeThought Troy March 27, 2013 at 08:26 PM
I am not going to bang on the man for running for president while in office. It’s his right, and it’s not like there isn’t precedence for the thing. The only criticism I would have is that one: I personally think 2013 is a little too soon. Two: typically, it is only successful politicians that run for higher office. To be the most generous, the jury is still out on this Gov.’s success. If you are going to run on job-jobs-jobs… twice. I don’t think slipping in the nation’s job creation is the path to success. Just sayin’
Jenna March 27, 2013 at 08:45 PM
This Gov is not supposed to campaign on taxpayer time. He isn't successful, his reforms are not working, and he rewards his donors financially. It would be a crime if Walker won in 2014 or 2016. Walker should go into the private sector, work for Koch as a valet or something that isn't too intellectually rigorous for him.
CowDung March 27, 2013 at 08:50 PM
How are you defining 'taxpayer time'? As an elected official, isn't he always on 'taxpayer time'?
CowDung March 27, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Considering that Walker hasn't yet formed an exploration committee, he doesn't seem to have begun campaigning for a presidential run. It's nothing more than Lefty talking points at this point.
morninmist March 28, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Creating jobs is too intellectually rigorous for @GovWalker: Report: Wisconsin 44th in private job creation | Local Jobs - WISN Home http://www.wisn.com/marketplace/milwaukee-jobs/Report-Wisconsin-44th-in-private-job-creation/-/9375170/19505360/-/8inr5f/-/index.html
John Wilson March 28, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Imagine, Gov. Walker covets the presidency so that he may impose his economic expertise, which has cannibalized Wisconsin, to the entire Republic... http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/wisconsin-private-sector-job-creation-ranking-declines-799bcsa-200435291.html
morninmist March 28, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Walker has a small mind.
John Wilson March 28, 2013 at 06:15 PM
CowDung - Gov. Walker does have an exploration committee: the 6-people on his staff, convicted of felonies, are working feverously on it...
John Wilson March 28, 2013 at 08:50 PM
morninmist - A Nano-mind - one billionth of an inch - isn't really that small, unless you compare it to his EGO, the universe...
morninmist March 29, 2013 at 03:55 PM
walker is old and stale: http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2013/03/like-broken-record-walker-evades-jobs.html Friday, March 29, 2013 Like a Broken Record, Walker Evades Jobs Fail Responsibility Another failing jobs report, more Walker finger-pointing. Asked Thursday about new numbers showing Wisconsin lagging in job growth, Gov. Scott Walker pointed to the uncertainty he said business owners felt because of the political tumult that rocked Wisconsin early in his term. That one's getting old and moldy. Remember this from last May: Walker blamed the state's employment woes on the recalls, saying employers are hesitant to add jobs during times of political uncertainty but that there would be a "dramatic turnaround" after June 5. "There is a tremendous enthusiasm built up for additional jobs," he said. "I think you're going to see a tremendous takeoff." He needs to look to his actions that took jobs, resources and synergy right out of the economy - - his scuttling of hundreds of millions of dollars in labor-intensive rail line construction and train manufacturing, stalling wind farm installations and slashing the take-home pay of and main street spending by tens of thousands of public employees. Great analysis by a Milwaukee economist, here:
Rich Petersen March 31, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Here's another graphical representation of Walker's job creation record. How much more evidence do folks need? http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-walker-agenda-is-still-working-part_30.html?cid=dlvr.it
John Wilson April 01, 2013 at 04:20 PM
morninmist - “If you want to know how much worse our economic recovery could be, check out Scott Walker’s austerity-rocked Wisconsin — which has gone from 11th in job creation to 44th in just two years.” http://www.nationalmemo.com/lol-of-the-week-scott-walker-keeps-blaming-workers/
c April 01, 2013 at 04:28 PM
John Wilson has his panties in a bunch about the supposed pay discrepancy between males and females, because when he completes that sex change, he doesn't want to get paid any less...which obviously wouldn't happen anyway. Glad I am not a liberal.
John Wilson April 01, 2013 at 06:19 PM
c - I think the liberals are glad you are not too...
morninmist April 02, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Walker and his TeaGOP want nothing to do with saving the earth and keeping folks healthy. Thank you Mr. President. Wisconsin Jobs Now ‏@WiscJobsNow 9m 6 months after Romney called Tesla a "loser," they're posting profits, expect to pay back the DOE ahead of schedule http://bit.ly/Xohx6Q
morninmist April 02, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Walkers book title should be "Oh arrogant me"! ‏@bluecheddar1 Sign of the coming apocalypse: I'm agreeing with a conservative. "Governor Walker needs to get a grip" http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/purple-wisconsin/200917471.html … #wiunion ...My advice to Governor Scott Walker: Curb your ambitions, and show a little more humility, please. Although generally supportive of Walker's economic initiatives, I have criticized his recent budget proposal for being too timid in reducing taxes. Now I have another complaint: his self-congratulatory behavior. Walker is spending an inordinate amount of time speaking at various functions across the country in front of adoring crowds. Outside the state he touts his successes inside the state, while appearing to prepare himself for higher office..
Steve ® April 02, 2013 at 07:09 PM
morninmist April 02, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Yes, I agree. Job slump is @GovWalker's fault http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/job-slump-is-walkers-fault-ci9cmke-200967701.html … #wiunion #wipolitics #itsnotworking ...There were also missed opportunities, such as the nearly $1 billion in federal money that would have been used to improve rail transit in the state. Walker turned it down. Across the capitalist world, there is a sharp contrast between two very different styles of economic management. One approach is austerity, the belief that shrinking government brings growth. The other is the view that expanded public investment makes for growth. Wisconsin, unfortunately, has become a case study in the failure of austerity economics at the state level.
morninmist April 02, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Hey Steve @brendan_fischer "Wisconsin has become a case study in the failure of austerity economics at the state level" http://bit.ly/129RGxt #WIunion
Rich Petersen April 02, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Definition of Austerity: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=582698331741149&set=a.115969958413991.17486.114517875225866
John Wilson April 03, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Walker Breaks Photo-Op Record; Reporters On Pace For Irrelevant-Question Record “In just the 91st day of the year, Walker has appeared at 25 machine shops, 22 tourism conferences — where he donned sunglasses, shorts and a tank top — 18 virtual classrooms — where it is not known what he wore — 16 cranberry bogs, 15 pow wows in full head-dress and chaps, four hair solons and two courtrooms.” http://news.wpr.org/post/walker-breaks-photo-op-record-reporters-pace-irrelevant-question-record
morninmist April 03, 2013 at 03:55 PM
LOL. Walker is not good at job creation but sure can his mug captured a lot! ...The 102 public appearances eclipse Dreyfus's record in 1983, when he made 101 appearances, mostly in coffee shops, book stores, and wine and cheese bars. He of course, was clad in his red vest and shorts, or pants, depending on the locale.....
morninmist April 04, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Good way to keep up with what is going on with the budget. Read the letters: http://budget.wispolitics.com/2013/04/jfc-dems-send-follow-up-letters-to.html @MadPolitics JFC Dems send follow-up letters to agency heads dlvr.it/3B5mP7 via @wispolitics
morninmist April 04, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Hey Walker. Listen up. Cory Mason @RepCoryMason Mary Kay Nelson of League of Women Voters ask that every citizen have access to a free & fair elections. #JFChearing
Steve ® April 04, 2013 at 06:53 PM
yomammy April 04, 2013 at 07:46 PM
english please
morninmist April 05, 2013 at 03:50 PM
If Scooter thinks he will be nominated on these stats, he is crazy! Scott Walker’s wisdom should make a quick read dlvr.it/3BMmlT ..............Reporter Todd Milewski reported last week that wages for an average Wisconsin worker fell 2.65 percent in the third quarter of 2012, the fourth-biggest percentage loss among the 50 states. Indeed, the decline to an average wage of $770 per week dropped Wisconsin to No. 35 in the country. Additionally, Walker has cut more from public education than any governor of any state and has turned away federal dollars that would have created construction jobs and provided health care to many of the state’s poor. Those figures coupled with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report that Wisconsin now ranks 44th among the states in creating private-sector jobs probably has Mississippians hoping that their state doesn’t become Misconsin. Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/dave_zweifel/scott-walker-s-wisdom-should-make-a-quick-read/article_06de1eae-9d7c-11e2-84ab-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz2PbXON05I
morninmist April 05, 2013 at 04:42 PM
What a simple small mind Walker has. @Progress2day -@GovWalker labels opponents "bitter and vengeful" - JSOnline jsonline.com/blogs/news/201… #wipolitics ...Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said the letter is the latest effort by Walker to blame the state's problems on others. "While Scott Walker wallows in self-pity, he also continues to distort a record of economic failure," Tate said..
John Wilson April 05, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Morninmist - It has become increasingly apparent to any thinking person in Wisconsin that Gov. Walker has been a stunning success at: FAILURE...
morninmist April 05, 2013 at 05:47 PM
On the road again-for fundraisers--- is his motto. @WiscJobsNow RT @MadPolitics: RT @sbauerAP: On the road again: Gov. Scott Walker headlining the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Connecticut on May 20


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