National Politics - 2016

Scott Walker Openly Mulling White House Bid

VICTORIOUS WISCONSIN GOVERNOR FRAMES UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL RACE … By FITSNEWS || Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is openly mulling a White House bid in 2016.  Not only that, he’s working to frame the race in a way favorable to his would-be candidacy – while taking shots at the woman likely to be…


By FITSNEWS || Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is openly mulling a White House bid in 2016.  Not only that, he’s working to frame the race in a way favorable to his would-be candidacy – while taking shots at the woman likely to be his rival if he succeeds in capturing the GOP nomination.

Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin in the GOP wave election of 2010 – and made national headlines for his willingness to take on government employee unions.  In 2012, he survived a recall election in which organized labor singled him out for defeat (becoming the first U.S. governor to win a recall vote).  This year he won reelection handily despite being the subject of an investigation into illegal campaign financing activity.

During an appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press this weekend, Walker made it clear he was keeping his options open.

“I said my plan was for four years (as governor),” Walker told host Chuck Todd.  “I’ve got a plan to keep going for the next four years, but, certainly, I care deeply not only for my state, but my country, and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Asked whether he would give deference to a possible presidential bid from 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan – who also hails from Wisconsin – Walker argued that while he was “president of the Paul Ryan fan club,” he believed a governor was better suited to run against presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Overall, I think governors make much better presidents than members of Congress,” he said.

So … which one?

Walker said any one of the nation’s thirty-one GOP governors would make a better president than Clinton, but he touted his own success in attracting independent voters as being critical if the GOP expected to win “blue states” like Wisconsin.

“We can’t win (nationally) without independents,” Walker told Todd.

According to Walker, Clinton was the “big loser” of the 2014 midterm elections because she “embodies everything that’s wrong with Washington.”  In a possible preview of the race to come, he said the GOP’s 2016 strategy for reclaiming the White House should cast Clinton as a Washington insider – a theme which would only work if the former U.S. First Lady/ Senator/ Secretary of State were opposed by a governor.

Translation?  Expect to see a lot of Walker in early-voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina …

So … how would a northern governor like Walker fare in the “First in the South” presidential primary?  Pretty good, we think.  South Carolina is a staunchly right-to-work state where “Republican” Gov. Nikki Haley has made tremendous political hay railing against the state’s nonexistent union presence.

Obviously Walker won’t be alone in his overtures to South Carolina voters.  From the GOP establishment, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Ryan are all being touted.  Meanwhile from the more fiscally conservative wing of the GOP, U.S Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are all eyeing the races.  Other possible candidates?  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, to name a few.

Oh, and who can forget U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and his “white men in male only clubs” candidacy.

(To read our columnist Taylor Brown’s take on the upcoming race, CLICK HERE).


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idcydm November 10, 2014 at 9:47 am

We need a constitutional amendment that prohibits campaigning for the office of President for at least one month after the last election and if a news organization prints said campaigning it will be taken out and shot.

Dave Chappelle I'm Rick James November 10, 2014 at 9:50 am


Today’s “comment winner” declared early!

Well done, sir. However, I suggest a longer ban. One month seems a little short.

idcydm November 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

But there’s a method to my madness, once it is in whoever is President will write an executive order to extend the time to one month before the election and no setting President would ever overwrite that. ;)

CorruptionInColumbia November 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

Damn, you’re good!!!!!

The Colonel November 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

snorting after laughing up some root beer…

The whole news organization? Think we can lure NBC or CNN into reporting on Walker?

9" November 10, 2014 at 10:01 am

He’s made some good infomercials,and is a fine robot.

Nölff November 10, 2014 at 10:02 am

Scott Walker for preznit would be entertaining. Sometimes comedy just writes itself.

HD November 10, 2014 at 10:03 am

I’m a fan and admirer of Governor Walker. I had the pleasure of having dinner with he and his wife (regrettably named Tonette) a couple of years ago. He’s a very down to earth and “normal” guy. He’s also right on the issues in my view. He could be a formidable candidate.

diamond jim:elections have con November 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

Would be a perfect candidate. The UNIONS and other marxists had 3 chances to get him in a leaning Democrat state and they couldn’t.His policies work.

Squeaky clean.

Sailor November 10, 2014 at 11:51 am

“Squeaky clean”?? I guess that is why he’s been under investigation for forever!

diamond jim:elections have con November 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

All made up stuff by the marxist unions and Democrat Party in Wisconsin.

Similar to ‘Haley Syndrome’ in SC.

Rocky November 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm

He’s an amnesty supporter. He oversaw the city of Milwaukee into one of the biggest amnesty cities in the midwest. When he had a chance to kick them all out in 2011 he backed down and did nothing. He’s a complete amnesty hack.

diamond jim:elections have con November 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

False. They will never be able to vote.

Rocky November 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Walker supports amnesty. It’s a fact. So does Jeb Bush, Christie, Rubio, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham. The only two standing up against this takeover of America is Ted Cruz and Rick Perry. All the others are bowing to the Consultant Class and getting ready to give 15 million illegals a pathway to citizenship. And you are too niave to see it. You think Jeb or Scott will agree to beat Hillary without giving all the little beaners their legal status green cards and pathway to citizenship? The knife is already in your back, and you don’t feel it yet.

diamond jim:elections have con November 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Why do you think i support Rick Perry? I wish Tango would put him in his 2016 Presidential Poll.

Wuthering Heights November 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Oh, Tango…
Oh, Jim…

Saluda Rapids November 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

He can’t b/c he is still smarting from his 2012 prediction of a President Perry. But glad you are so opened minded Jim. Supporting Al Gore’s passionate 1988 presidential supporter Rick Perry shows you are bipartisan and willing to reach across the aisle.

Native Ink November 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Walker supports amnesty because he comes from the big business wing of the Republican party. Big business wants amnesty. Could you imagine how much money a corporation like Wal-Mart would lose if illegal aliens were deported?

nitrat November 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Or, his buddies at Koch Industries with their toilet paper.

TontoBubbaGoldstein November 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

regrettably named Tonette

Sounds like a sixties girl group.

Quick! Someone toss a smartphone over the fence to Phil Spector!!!

tomstickler November 10, 2014 at 10:13 am

He has been on the Koch brothers’ payroll for many years, so maybe that gives him an edge over the other clowns listed.

Rick Perry will be at a luncheon hosted by the Myrtle Beach Area CofC Tuesday.

diamond jim:elections have con November 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Oh my!!! Buz will have a field day creating a conspiracy theory for that visit!!!
Will Buz allege Perry will be passing out ‘envelopes’ in appreciation of Tom Rice’s victory OR that Texas Ranger Chuck Norris is really ‘eue max’ and will be on hand to arrest Perry for leaving Texas?

Bible Thumper November 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

Polar opposites. John Kasich and Scott Walker are both successful. One by confrontation the other by compromise. Walker has the edge in primaries. Kasich has the edge in a general election. Scott won by 6%, while Kasich won by 31%. If the voters are angry at Dems, Scott has the advantage. If the voters are angry at gridlock, Kasich does.

I like Scott. He is the only governor who has successfully taken bold action, but above all I want a Republican in the White House.

diamond jim:elections have con November 10, 2014 at 10:59 am

Actually Kasich was ‘confrontational’ with the public sector unions before he compromised (as you defined it). It hurt him at first as these were the people that helped elect him.

After he did the ‘math’ for them ,it won them back over.

Bible Thumper November 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

Scott says we need a governor not a legislator like Ryan. With Kasich you get both. He spent 18 years in the House of Rep.

diamond jim:elections have con November 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

Good analysis.

nitrat November 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Kasich was a managing director of Lehman Brothers until it tanked.

guest November 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

You didn’t include Dr. Ben Carson on that list. He left Fox and even made himself an info-commercial highlighting his background.

Native Ink November 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

It would be interesting to see if Americans would vote for a president without a college degree. He would be the first one since Andrew Jackson, I think.

The Teabaggers would probably love it since most of them don’t have college degrees. The independent voters, maybe not so much.

Fleet November 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Harry S. Truman was the last president without a college degree. I know this and I attended to government run schools.

euwe max November 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm


Fleet November 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm

They will need to move a king size bed into the residence so there will be room for the Koch brothers.

idcydm November 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I do believe the Koch’s were out spent big time this election cycle.


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