Walker Sounds Interested in 2016 Run
'Not ruling it out'; Jeb Bush says GOP musn't be 'anti-everything'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2013 11:58 AM CDT
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures as he speaks at the CPAC convention.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke at CPAC today to push his small-government views, but he's also making headlines over an interview with Politico in which he talked about the 2016 presidential race. Is he interested in running? "Possibly. I guess the only thing I’d say is I’m not ruling it out.” Along those lines, he declined to commit to serving a full four-year-term if he's re-elected next year. Asked about the general political trend toward more diverse candidates, Walker said he qualifies because he's a "new fresh face." The criticism with the current state of politics "goes to old white guys," said the 45-year-old. "I'm not an old white guy."

Another potential 2016 candidate, Jeb Bush, addressed CPAC last night and said the GOP needs to become the party of "inclusion and acceptance" in order to shed its "anti-everything" label, reports the Hill. "Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on," he said. "Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates even though they share our core beliefs because those voters feel unwanted, unloved and unwelcome in our party." He expounded on the theme in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

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Mar 17, 2013 3:12 PM CDT
Scotty may be interested, but nobody else is. Does he have the feeling he couldn't get elected dog catcher in Wisconsin, so he might give the national stage a chance to reject him?
Mar 17, 2013 11:27 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Texas Governor RICK PERRY and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker both are FOR small federal government and smaller Washington, DC, set free the workers class from the labor-union. Only California is still running the Democrat's union-faculty regime in public universities (UC, State U, 2-year City Colleges) and ending up the pension bankruptcy what (D) Gov. Jerry Brown could NOT promise since 1970s until 201x. Texas Gov. RICK PERRY is concentrating on the Texas 15th Global Economy (now is ranking 14th and UP), California is the 9th ranking Global Economy (now is falling from the 8th and DOWN side) to prepare the 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY's presidency. By the time of 2015, Texas, California, Florida, New York will hold its Republican Primary to select the 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee earlier; Gov. RICK PERRY should has a good face on the KEYSTONE XL Pipeline project (engineering, construction, enrichment) to show. [Of course, DON'T forget the Texas A&M University, they deserve a lot of credits !]
Mar 17, 2013 12:24 AM CDT
The people who should be in front of the cameras and running are the Koch brothers and the gun manufacturers. Let's see the real faces of the GOP, please!