June 7th, 2012
09:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Walker shoots down VP talk

(CNN) – Following his survival of a Wisconsin recall effort, Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday pushed back against the idea of being tapped as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney.

Political observers point out that not only is Walker a rising star in the GOP, but having his name on the ticket could further push the blue state of Wisconsin into the Republican column this November.

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Walker, however, had a different name in mind.

"If (Romney) were to ask me about what to do with Wisconsin, I'd say one of the most powerful reformers in the country grew up just down the way from me: Paul Ryan. I'd probably suggest he put him on the ticket,” the governor said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

Walker faced a bitter battle over the last year after he signed into law a measure that curbed collective bargaining rights for most public employees. National groups poured in millions of dollars to help him fend off a recall challenge from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat. Walker defeated Barrett on Tuesday.

Pressed on whether he’d accept a vice presidential offer, Walker said he’s focused on serving out his time as governor without the distraction of a recall effort.

"After a year and a half worth of all this, I want to help Wisconsin move forward," Walker said, again throwing out Ryan’s name, who serves as a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin and is the House Budget Committee chairman.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. SafeJourney3

    Just wait until the john doe investations shows walker for scum he really is.

    June 7, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. bpontheright

    Go Walker, this country is finally showing it roots and where it wants to go, and it aint witht he unions, baby... haha

    June 7, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  3. luke,az

    Gov. Robme is not a leader. He is a puppet of the 1%. Corporations are taking over America. Arizona's top corporate ceo from Freeport-McMoran, Richard Adkerson, made $82,000,000 in 2011. I thought we were in a recession.

    June 7, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. X Liberal

    2020 Welcomes Mr. Walker!

    June 7, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. B

    Walker may have survived the recall in Wisconsin, but he wouldn't pass the sniff test on a national level being the only governor in the United States with a criminal defense fund. Besides, he'll be too busy trying to stay out of prison.

    June 7, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. enuff

    I mean, how would it look if he just bought off Wisconsin with Koch money and then just... quit to so he could push for his own selfish personal gain? Koch's wouldn't be happy...

    June 8, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  7. Thomas

    Wouldn't Gov. Scott Walker be better suited as head of the department of corections , he can pardon himself !

    Oh sorry, he can do that already unless its a federal conviction .

    June 8, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  8. IMD

    Tell me why everyone is making such a big deal out of his not being recalled. Walker was still forced into a recall as soon as was allowed by state laws and took $40 million in out of state money to keep his seat. This was more a referendum with citizens saying that at long as he didn't commit an crime, "We elected him like him or not and we owe him his full term in office." I'm sick of the pundits trying to do the thinking for all of us any tell us that this means anything more than what it was.
    As I've always said you get what you pay for. In this case, the billionaires like the Koch brothers bought themselves a governor who has yet to create a job and but did create billions in deferred debt to cook the books and the citizens of Wisconsin who will now make sure they get the "worst and dimmest" (opposite of best and brightest) public servants. Like the Milwaukee public school system? That is now going to be the shining star of all public systems. Have fun driving around the giant pothole that now encompasses the entire state. Prost!

    June 8, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  9. Cyric

    Please be VP. Another easy reason to defeat Romney

    June 8, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    He throws Ryan under the loser Mitt McCain bus. Another "Don't pick me".

    June 8, 2012 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  11. Tony

    Exit interviews of Tuesday's recall election showed that 60% of people who voted said that a governor should not be recalled unless there is official misconduct. In other words, they were not endorsing Walker, but voting against the recall. This also explains why the same voters who voted to keep Walker also said that they would vote for Obama over Romney, 51% to 44%. Before people dismiss exit polls, the exit poll that reported that Walker and Barrett were tied was an early exit poll. The final exit poll reported that Obama would beat Romney by 7 points, which almost exactly matched the results of a poll by Marquette University Law School a week before the election. That poll reported that Walker led Barrett by 7 points and Obama led Romney by 8 points. Finally, a poll released after the recall election by WeAskAmerica showed that Obama leads Romney by 5 points in Wisconsin. If people wonder about bias, before the recall election this poll reported that Walker led Barrett by 12 points.

    June 8, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  12. artraveler

    Walker for VP? Why not do with the original divider-Palin? Anyone who turns off half the voters immediately when their name is mentioned would be a great choice. Wisconsin isn't the US and, in fact, doesn't even represent that part of the country. Apparently, all of the Tea Pot brains have settled there and you have southern thinking in a northern state. BTW, they may have voted for Walker to remain as governor but they still support President Obama in the surveys.

    June 8, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |