Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thinks the next Republican presidential ticket should consist of current or former governors. Coincidentally, this eliminates almost all of the big contenders in the running for the GOP 2016 presidential ticket like Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Paul Ryan.
Someone not eliminated by his criteria? Walker himself.
“I think its got to be an outsider, I think both the presidential and vice presidential nomination needs to be a former or current governor, people who have done successful things in their states, taken on big reforms, who are ready to move American forward,” Walker said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
During the interview, host Jonathan Karl asked the governor specifically about his thoughts on Rubio, Cruz and Paul.
“All good guys, but it’s got to be somebody who is viewed as being exceptionally removed from Washington,” Walker said.
Rep. Ryan would also not be the ideal GOP 2016 nominee, according to Walker but he did praise the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate.
“I love Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan, if he had a fan club, I’d be president of that,” he said.
As for his own potential Republican presidential candidate bid, Walker said he doesn’t “rule anything out.”
Walker is up for re-election next year, the third time he’s run for the seat since he was first elected in 2010. He became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall election, which was sparked by his showdown with the state’s public-employee unions.
His new book “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” which comes out Tuesday, focuses on the 2012 recall.