Walker: Pence will be ready for VP debate

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Sunday predicted that Republican vice presidential nominee Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceDems face close polls in must-win Virginia Report: Trump administration officials urged furious Tillerson not to quit Authorities recover 47 firearms in connection with Las Vegas shooter MORE will be prepared for Tuesday night’s debate.

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Walker, who has been helping Pence with debate preparations, said in a radio interview with John Catsimatidis that he’s predicting a tough matchup against Sen. Tim KaineTimothy Michael KaineAuthorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny Insurer Anthem to cover bare ObamaCare counties in Virginia MORE (D-Va.).

“He’s doing a super job,” Walker said. “He’s going to be ready to go against Sen. Tim Kaine, who I think is going to be a formidable opponent as a debater as well, but he’s got the right message and the right demeanor, I think, to go forward and make the case for why Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE should be the next president.”

Politico reported last month that Walker was playing Kaine in mock debates against Pence, though Catsimatidis did not ask him to confirm.

Scott said Sunday that both Pence and Republican nominee Donald Trump need to take the attack to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE, instead of getting sidetracked by other issues. The Wisconsin governor said that if Trump takes that advice to heart in the remaining debates, he’ll be sure to win.

“I’m just convinced if this election on Nov. 8 is about Hillary Clinton, she loses,” Walker said. “If it’s about some other assortment of side issues, then it’s a much more difficult race.”