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Scott Walker: Reagan Proved Governors Can Know Foreign Policy

By    |   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 10:31 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker isn't buying arguments that governors such as himself don't have the foreign policy experience to be president.

"In my lifetime, the best president when it comes to foreign policy was a governor of California," Walker said Monday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File." He was referring, of course, to Ronald Reagan.

"In my lifetime, the worst president was a freshman senator from Illinois," he added. That was Barack Obama.

Walker has not yet officially announced his candidacy for president in 2016, but he picked up a big endorsement earlier Monday when billionaire industrialist David Koch proclaimed him the best choice before a group of Republican donors in Manhattan.

Walker told Fox News' Megyn Kelly that voters don't care what title a person has, but want someone with "a proven track record, someone who fights and who wins for the hardworking taxpayers."

Still, his point that a "freshman senator" was the worst on foreign policy could be seen as a jab at some of his likely GOP competitors: Kentucky's Rand Paul, Florida's Marco Rubio, and Texas' Ted Cruz.

Those three so far are the only announced Republicans in what is expected to be a crowded field.

Walker also criticized the likely Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom he portrayed as out of touch with average Americans.

Clinton has a home in Washington, D.C., and has worked there for years, Walker said.

"She embodies Washington," he said.

Still, Kelly pointed out, Clinton is currently out-polling Walker in his home state.

Walker dismissed his low poll numbers at this point in the cycle as normal for governors because the press is focusing on budgets and other unpopular issues.

He noted that Time magazine dubbed him "Dead Man Walker" halfway though his first term, yet he won re-election easily 18 months later.

He acknowledged changing positions on Common Core and immigration. In the case of Common Core, he said problems with the national school standards had not become known during his first run for governor. Once he heard from parents and teachers, he said he changed his mind.

He said immigration isn't something a governor in the northern part of the country deals with. When he toured the Mexican border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, he gained new perspective, he said.

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