Gov. Walker says Rep. Paul Ryan is 'exception' to 2016 D.C. outsider ideal
November 20th, 2013
10:32 PM ET
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Gov. Walker says Rep. Paul Ryan is 'exception' to 2016 D.C. outsider ideal

(CNN) - Gov. Scott Walker said that fellow Wisconsinite Rep. Paul Ryan is the exception the his ideal Republican 2016 presidential candidate being from outside the Washington beltway.

Walker, a potential 2016 hopeful himself, recently told ABC that his ideal standard bearer for the GOP in the next presidential election would be an "outsider" and "former or current governor."

Walker told CNN's Piers Morgan Wednesday that, in a cast of likely 2016 contenders - including Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas - Ryan is the exception.

"I think most people, Republican, Democrat alike, looking at Washington would like to see some outsiders come in and shake things up," Walker said, appearing on “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

"One of the few exceptions on that list probably would be someone like Paul Ryan who I know, first hand, has been a true reformer. He's from Wisconsin, but I've seen, broader than that, he's one of the few people that has the courage to take on Washington."

Walker continued: "And the other folks are good, decent people, but really, reform is happening in the states and that's why I made the point I made."

Ryan, the former Republican vice presidential nominee and chairman of the House Budget Committee, gave a flat "no" when asked at an event in Washington if the next Republican presidential nominee needs to be a governor.

"The resume is not as important to me as the person, as the quality of their ideas, as their track record of reform," Ryan said on Tuesday.

Walker, whose book "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge" was released earlier this week, survived a recall effort in his state last year, propelling him into the national GOP spotlight.

Walker hasn't closed any doors on a possible presidential bid, refusing to commit to serving out a second term as governor and having already made visits to key presidential primary states Iowa and South Carolina this year.

In last year's presidential election, Wisconsin backed President Barack Obama, who won 53% of the vote to Republican nominee Mitt Romney's 46%.

CNN's Ashley Killough and Dan Merica contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Paul Ryan • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Larry in Houston

    neither one is going to make it – – – – they need to embrace a moderate – this country is changing – – – whether they know it or not – – – and if they don't care – – – they will continue to lose elections – – – the only thing they have going for them is – – – – – the Obama health care failure debacle – – – – if they expect to win – – – – they need to stay on this, and keep on squeezing this turnip, till it starts squirting blood – – – -that's all they got – – – – that is the only thing that will keep Obama's head in a Vise – – – all the way up to November 2014 – – – -

    November 20, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  2. labman57

    Translation: Walker is just another "up to his eyeballs full of crap" tea-chugging politician.

    November 21, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  3. Reckless

    Walker has a policy of arresting protesters for singing songs to him as he walks from his car to the capitol building. He (Until he realized he would lose a lawsuit that was filed) attempted to silence the first amendment. He;s been exposed for nepotism in office and had several people step down because of it and has attempted to re-route all the power he can though his office. Under Walker Wisconsin has seen union busting legislation and limits on women's rights. Tax cuts for the wealthy and cuts to education. Under Walker the most partisan redistricting plan was passed, in a state that has always had bi-partisan redistricting.

    He was even pranked and admitted he thought about planting rowdy protesters to discredit them. He thought he was talking to the Koch brothers.

    November 21, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  4. Thomas

    "I think most people, Republican, Democrat alike, looking at Washington would like to see some outsiders come in and shake things up," Walker said,
    Scot Walker / Trey Radel 2016
    100% pure Conservative

    November 21, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  5. king

    these repubs and their killing government in a bathtub mentality, while our infrastructure rots away in mist of history. what will happen if the american people elect another repubs in the white house. let me see there will be electing more so called conservatives to the supreme court and federal courts. this will be the end of our democracy in America, because this means huge corporations will have more influence on America's interest and the average Joe will vote will not be important anymore.

    November 21, 2013 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  6. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    These are the kind of lies that led up to the Guns Over People tea potty government shutdown. Then they voted to destroy the full faith and credit of America,making them domestic terrorists.

    November 21, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  7. current state of the union

    Lowlife, Koch brothers puppet if ever there was

    November 21, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  8. Marie MD

    The only thing we want to shake is all of you off the proverbial Christian right wing nutso tree and we will.
    None of you will become president but do go ahead and spend rove's and the koch brothers' money. Throw in alderson while you are at.

    November 21, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |