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 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).