(CNN) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a soft spot for fellow chief executives – especially those competing to become the 2012 GOP presidential nominee.
“As you can imagine, I have a bias towards governors,” he said Tuesday during an interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
“I think chief executives, whether it is a mayor, a county executive, a governor, ultimately on your way up to president, I think that’s been a pretty proven theory over time.”
Walker’s affinity for governors translates to his 2012 preferences as he admitted, “That gives me a bias towards both Gov. Romney and Gov. Perry.”
When comparing the two, Walker sees distinct differences, especially concerning the hot topic of the economy.
He recalled Democratic consultant and CNN Contributor James Carville’s ’92 catchphrase “It’s the economy, stupid,” and placed it at the center of 2012 campaign debate.
According to Walker, who has faced criticism for his own method of battling Wisconsin’s budget deficit, the type of economic approach that both candidates may take is what separates the two.
“Gov. Romney, I think his experience when it comes to jobs, in the private sector, turning businesses around, the Olympics (and) Gov. Perry more as the governor … When I look at what Rick's done in Texas, and what they've done with the economy, if I was him, if I'm running for president, and I'm Rick Perry from Texas, I talk about the economy every single day,” Walker said.
And he offered advice to the longest-running Texas governor saying, “You ask me what my mother's name is, I'd say look what we did in Texas with jobs. Because, that's the issue in this election.”
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