I’m actually surprised it took Gov. Walker this long to admit he’s going to consider a run for president in 2016.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he is seriously considering whether to get into the race for president in 2016, but he hasn’t decided yet whether he feels the call to run.
“My personal process is I have to feel like it’s a calling, particularly for the time and the effort and the impact it has on family and friends,” Walker told AP in a telephone interview from Boca Raton, Fla., where he is attending the Republican Governors Association meeting this week. “It’s not something you should yearn for…”
Walker, who won re-election to a second term this month in after becoming the nation’s first governor to defeat a recall in 2012, said it was “pretty obvious” that running for president is something he should consider.
Walker has taken several steps to keep his name in the mix as a potential GOP contender. Walker published a book in 2013 about his effort taking on public unions that spurred his recall election, he’s traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire, and he has courted large conservative donors, including casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
It’s a near-mortal lock that Gov. Walker will mount a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but it’s also nearly as certain he’ll be relegated to the back bench of Republican candidates once the shine has worn off him.