GOP Must Nominate A Governor For POTUS, Says Governor Who Might Run For POTUS
Governor Scott Walker, whose name has come up as one of the Governors who may throw his hat in the ring in 2016, thinks the GOP should pick a Governor as its next Presidential nominee:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the 2016 GOP presidential ticket should be made up of governors, not members of Congress.
“I think it’s got to be an outsider,” Walker said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stepahnopoulos.” “I think both the presidential and the vice presidential nominees should either be a former or current governor, people who have done successful things in their states, who’ve taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward.”
“So that rules out Marco Rubio, it rules out Ted Cruz, it rules out Rand Paul,” said ABC’s Jonathan Karl.
Walker responded, “All good guys, but it’s got to be somebody who is viewed as being exceptionally remote from Washington.”
What about home state Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)?
“I love Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan, if he had a fan club, I’d be the president of that,” said Walker.
Walker isn’t the first Republican to make comments along these lines, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said something very similar last week and, as I noted, there is a certain amount of historical and political logic to the argument. As for Walker himself, his name has come up as a possible “dark horse” candidate for the nomination, although before he gets to that point he needs to win reelection in 2014. Nonetheless, it would seem he’s at least thinking of the idea.