Scott Walker: GOP Control of Congress Trumps My 2016 Plans – For Now

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 05:53 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of the front-runners for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, says working to make Capitol Hill a GOP stronghold in next year's elections is his priority for now.

"We need to focus on 2014, holding the House. We've got, particularly with Obamacare's failures . . . an excellent opportunity for a better alternative to win the United State Senate back," Walker told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Then, after that, maybe we can talk about what happens two years from now . . . I've never ruled anything out."

Walker, who'll seek his third term as governor of the Badger State, said he remains "very committed" to his job.

"You can do a lot there and have an impact on not only my state but on reforms across the country," he said.

"What we showed in Wisconsin and in other states, like Ohio and Michigan . . . was that if you elect a chief executive and a legislative majority that's Republican, you can get really big, bold reforms done."

Walker recently attended the New York Giants-Green Bay Packers game with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who many consider the top choice for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

That could make Walker and Christie potential opponents, a fact that doesn't escape the Wisconsin leader.

"Chris and I are very similar, speak our minds. I said the difference between him and I is I have a Midwestern filter," Walker said.

"If somebody's asking me a crazy question, I just say that's ridiculous. He says, you're an idiot. But we're very similar in that way."

Walker said the ongoing debate over the immigration reform on Capitol Hill "is indicative of why Washington's so screwed up."

"They're talking about a symptom, not the overall problem. The bigger problem with immigration is that we don't have a legal immigration system in this country that works," he said.

"We don't have that in America, and yet it seems like hardly anybody talks about that in our nation's capital."

Walker said a "legitimate case" can still be made for postponement of the employer and individual mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

And if you push that back enough, then . . . you win the Senate in '14, and then two years later you get a new president," he said.

"In that time, we can make the case for a much more viable alternative, which is a market-driven one."

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