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Gov. Scott Walker: 'Could Be Called' to Run for President

By    |   Friday, 14 Nov 2014 11:43 AM

Republican Gov. Scott Walker said he's currently "called" to be Wisconsin's governor, but that it was possible at some point he "could be called" to run for president.

Walker told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the closer he got to making a decision about a White House bid, "the more you realize you almost have to be crazy to want to run for president."

"Right now, I feel called to be governor. But, at some point in the future — 2, 6, 12 years from now, who knows? We could be called to do that," Walker said Friday.

Walker emphasized the "tremendous sacrifice it puts on you and your family and the people around you" to run for president, adding that "to be effective in that job" required a decade of commitment to public service.

Walker has often been mentioned among the Republicans who could make a viable run for president in 2016, a list that includes New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Walker said his approach differed from Christie's more direct, and sometime brash, governing style because he used "a little bit of a Midwestern filter."

"I've said Chris and I are a lot alike. We like to be bold. We like to speak out," Walker said. "He's straightforward. He tells it like it is. I like to tell it like it is. I just tell it in Midwestern terms, which is a little bit different than what works on the East Coast."

Walker said he won re-election, as well as a recall attempt, because he was able to show voters that his reforms worked. He said the accomplishments of his policies included lower property taxes, frozen college tuition, an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent, and 110,000 new jobs.

"We changed things, because we focused like a laser beam on fiscal and economic issues that were challenging our state, and, really, our country at the time.

"All of those things are real tangible results. And, I think people like the reforms. They like the results. They like the fact that, unlike Washington, where it's largely dysfunctional, we're actually getting things done," Walker said.

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