Politics

Walker-Rubio Ticket a Possibility, Scott Walker Says

| by Ethan Brown

In a new interview, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker supported the idea of a possible vice presidential nominee in Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida if Walker wins the GOP presidential nomination.

While Walker has yet to formally declare his candidacy, many political analysts expect he will do so, once the Wisconsin state budget is passed at the end of the month.

In the meantime, Walker spoke to Bloomberg News about current events, specifically President Barack Obama’s job in handling Islamic State group, the current lineup of potential presidential choices of both political parties and the potential team of Walker and Rubio.

“I’ve had actually quite a few people — grassroots supporters, donors and others — who have made that suggestion.”

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“For now, you know, Marco is a quality candidate. He’s going to be formidable in this race as things progress. And if we were to get in, we’d be as well, and we’ll see where things take us,” Walker said about the Florida senator, who officially announced his candidacy for president on April 12.

Walker admitted that a Walker-Rubio ticket quite popular among Republican voters, joking that “We’d just probably have to arm wrestle over who would be at the top of the ticket.”

The governor also commented on the White House’s new strategy in sending 450 U.S. troops to Iraq to assist in the training of Sunni Iraqi forces.

“It recognizes that we definitely need to do more there. But I think it’s critical that this is not enough. Just sending more troops there is not enough if we don’t lift those restrictions on the people that are already there,” Walker commented.

In a more surprising move, Walker sided with the president on the controversial trade deal that members of the Democratic Party have publicly fought with Obama on for weeks. The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal allows more trade with foreign nations and is expected to create more jobs. It also will place more restrictions on nations that manipulate their currency to gain leverage over other nations’ economies, particularly China’s practices against the U.S.

“If we don’t go down this path, we’re going to be at a competitive disadvantage, and so I think it just makes sense,” Walker stated.

Walker also objected to any more tax increases, simply stating, “I certainly wouldn’t be talking about anybody paying any more.”

Sources: Bloomberg, The Washington Post

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