Monday, May 6, 2013

Walker deflects on serving out second term

Scott Walker, after being asked by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel whether he intends on serving out his full second term if he wins reelection in 2014.

"I'll talk about that after I'm seriously a candidate," Walker said. "I haven't even announced that yet. Obviously, I've got every intention of preparing to run for governor, but I'll address that as part of officially being a candidate."

If Walker runs for president in 2016, he'd be halfway through his second term, and presidential-minded governors often get asked the question he was asked.

Of course, his answer (vague and non-committal) shows just how seriously he's thinking of a presidential run in 2016.

Walker also said the presidential buzz can only help his ability to govern.

"If there's more buzz, that's all the more attention they'll have for our plans."

That's precisely the same deflection you heard from Mitch Daniels during the 2012 cycle. Daniels, of course, opted out of a run, but familial concerns prompted that; not ambition.

Regardless, Walker looks more and more like a presidential candidate.