Walker not ruling out 2016 presidential run

WTMJ News Team

Walker not ruling out 2016 presidential run

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jun 27, 2012

MADISON- Some people are mentioning Governor Scott Walker as a possible presidential candidate four years from now.

The recall election has given Walker a national platform and a national fundraising base.

When asked by POLITICO about 2016, Walker would only say, he's not announcing anything.

"I'd like now and into the future to play a bigger role not only in Wisconsin and in the Midwest, but nationally.  I'd like to have an impact," said Walker to POLITICO.

Local political science professor Mordecai Lee isn't surprised.

"He's practically a brand name, so the fact that he's thinking about running is, I think, an indication about how much the controversy is really slingshot here ahead of the crowd to the point where he's a star of the Republican Party," said UWM professor Mordecai Lee.

Rick Baas of the Milwaukee County Republican Party argues Democrats gave Walker the national boost he needs to run for the presidency.

"He had a bigger donor list, more contacts nationally, his opinion is sought nationally now, I'm sure," said Bass to TODAY'S TMJ4.  "The Democratic Party has helped Governor Walker in whatever he chooses to do in the future."

We still have to get through the 2012 presidential election first.  Professor Mordecai Lee says if Republican Mitt Romney wins, a Walker run is highly unlikely.