Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Republicans’ next presidential nominee should be a governor, describing a hypothetical candidate with a resume similar to his own as his party’s best hope to win the White House.

“I think it’s got to be an outsider. I think both the presidential and the vice presidential nominee should either be a former or current governor, people who have done successful things in their states, who have taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward,” Walker said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning.

{mosads}The Wisconsin governor made no effort to downplay that perception that he’s seriously looking at a run for the White House.

“I don’t rule anything out,” he said when asked about a potential run.

He also refused to commit to finishing out his second term as governor if he’s reelected.

“In my case, I’ve never made that commitment. To me, it’s not about the time you’ve served in office,” he said.

Walker said Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Kent.) are “all good guys,” but said the next GOP nominee must be “somebody who’s viewed as being exceptionally removed from Washington,” and stood by his comments when asked about his friend, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

He also knocked the Cruz-led strategy to defund ObamaCare that led to the government shutdown.

“I, like others, was a bit frustrated with the shutdown because I don’t think the way you make the compelling case to the American people that we can do better is by shutting things down,” he said.

Walker faces reelection in 2014 before he can pivot to a potential presidential run. He easily beat back a recall effort last year, but polls show him in a tougher race this time around in the swing state.

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