Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to position himself as a presidential candidate for 2016.
Speaking yesterday on ABC’s This Week, Walker insisted that the next Republican presidential nominee should be from outside Washington, D.C., and have gubernatorial experience. He ruled out the party’s biggest names du jour — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Paul Rand, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.
“I think it’s got to be an outsider," Walker said of the 2016 Republican nominee. “I think both the presidential and the vice presidential nominee should either be a former or current governor — people who have done successful things in their states, who have taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward.”
Walker is soon to release a memoir in which he claims to have successfully reformed Wisconsin’s government. In Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge, Walker claims that his union-busting has improved life in Wisconsin, even as the state lags near the bottom in job creation. The book omits Walker’s 2010 election campaign pledge to add 250,000 private-sector jobs — a number that he’s on pace to miss by half.
The book also fails to acknowledge the ethics investigations that have plagued him since taking office. Six people, including three of Walker’s former aides, an appointee and a major campaign contributor, were convicted of criminal charges as part of a secret John Doe investigation of his gubernatorial campaign during the time he was serving as Milwaukee County executive and running for governor. Walker himself spent $650,000 on criminal defense attorneys.
A new John Doe investigation has been launched into possible violations committed during his recall election.
In his book, which suggests that God is sending him guidance, Walker praises New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as strong presidential contenders.