Scott Walker: Paul Ryan's 'Executive Sense' Qualifies Him for Presidency

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Friday, 22 Nov 2013 01:39 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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More and more GOP lawmakers say they would like to see a Republican governor elected president in 2016, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of the biggest proponents of that goal, says he'd make one exception.

During a roundtable with Washington reporters on Friday, Walker suggested Rep. Paul Ryan, his fellow Wisconsinite and House Budget Committee chairman, would be up for the job, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

"I think Paul Ryan is one of the exceptions to that rule," Walker said of Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential running mate.

Ryan has a “tenacity” for reform and looks at issues with “an executive sense,” he added.

A day earlier at a press conference held in Arizona at the Republican Governors Association annual meeting, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley jumped on the "governor-in-the-White-House" bandwagon.

“I’m a huge fan of governors, you know, because it’s not about talk. It’s about what they do. . . " she said, the Daily Caller reports.

"Governors make great CEOs. They just do. It’s easier for us to look at how they handled their state and how they would handle a country . . ."

At the same meeting, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was elected chairman of the association for the next year, said his plan is to help elect and re-elect Republican governors.

The obvious goal for some of those GOP stars would be a White House run, but Christie warned his fellow state executives, "Start thinking about 2016 at our own peril, or at worse at the peril of our own colleagues."

Of his own potential candidacy, Christie added: "2016 is a long way away and I'm two weeks out of a [re-election] campaign," Christie said. "I'm not looking to start speculating about other campaigns already. I've got 2014 to deal with — that's what we're going to deal with."

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