Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Sunday said he was focused on elections in 2014 and “not getting ahead of the game” by thinking about the presidential campaign in 2016.
Walker, who is up for reelection in Wisconsin this year, is frequently mentioned as a potential contender for the Republican nomination. He has done little to dissuade that buzz and has published a book on how his success in Wisconsin could provide lessons for the nation.
“I think 2014 is incredibly important nationally,” Walker said, “not just to hold the U.S. House of Representatives but to win the United States Senate back, because if you do that, then two years if there’s a new president, he or she can ultimately have the team that can come in and push true reform.”
Walker appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“So I’m really focused on 2014, not getting ahead of the game,” he added.
Another Wisconsin Republican, Rep. Paul Ryan, has said he will take “a hard look” at running for president after his next House election in November.
Walker, who survived a recall election in 2012, weighed in a couple of topics on the national agenda. He said emergency longterm unemployment insurance should be extended only if combined with reforms to the program that make more stringent requirements of recipients to actively look for work and receive job training.
He also indicated he was opposed to raising the federal minimum wage, saying it would hurt job creation.
“The best thing we can do to help people who are unemployed or under employed is to fix ObamaCare,” Walker said.