Scott Walker plans to use some of the political capital gained from being the only governor in the nation to survive a recall election to help other Republicans get elected.
“A wise governor told me a long time ago, political capital you don’t get more of by keeping it,” Walker told Politico earlier this week. “You get it by using it.”
The Wisconsin governor, 44, has since appeared with likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and has pledged to go wherever he is needed – and Walker plans to raise money for the Republican Governors Association, which spent nearly $15 million on his last two campaigns.
Walker also will help several candidates in his home state get elected, too.
But as for a possible presidential run in 2016, Walker would only reply: “I’m not announcing for anything.”
He added, however: “I’d like now and into the future to play a bigger role not only in Wisconsin and the Midwest, but nationally. I’d like to have an impact.”
That includes speaking out on such issues as healthcare, along with budget and pension reforms.
Walker’s 8 percentage point victory over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the June 5 recall dealt a huge blow to the labor movement and raised Republican hopes of defeating President Barack Obama in the November election.
Unions and liberal activists forced the recall over a law curbing collective bargaining powers for public-sector workers passed soon after Walker took office in 2011.
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