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Wisconsin's governor meets the DC media--is he looking to '16?

  • McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Published Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 10:17 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 7:17 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker met with the Washington press corps Friday morning, a time-honored ritual for a governor little known outside his home state who may have presidential aspirations.

Walker, who insisted his political focus is on getting re-elected next year, not on 2016, made the same point other Republican governors are stressing: People like governors because they get things done.

In Washington, he said at a Monitor Breakfast, there's divided government and "instead of checks and balances, what they (people) have gotten is gridlock."

But governors, Walker said, "are focused on things that matter most to people."

He tried to brush away concerns about social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage, issues party conservatives have been adamant in opposinga.  candidate, Walker said, has to focus first on the economy.

Walker is promoting a new book, "Unintimidated," which details his 2012 fight to survive a recall election. He became the first governor in American history to survive such an attempt.

 

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