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Walker: Supporters have suggested 2016 ticket with Rubio

Greg Nash

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says supporters have suggested to him that he should team up with Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) on a GOP presidential ticket.

“I do like Marco Rubio, I think he and I have similar thoughts on national defense and foreign policy,” Walker, who is weighing a 2016 run, said in an interview on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect.

Asked by Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin if he would be open to announcing in December that the two of them would run as a ticket, and settle who would be the nominee for president and vice president later, Walker replied that some supporters had pitched that idea.

{mosads}“I’ve actually had quite a few people, grassroots supporters, donors, and others, who have made that suggestion,” Walker said.

“For now, you know, Marco is a quality candidate. He’s going to be formidable in this race as things progress. And if we were to get in, we’d be as well, and we’ll see where things take us.”

He added that he and Rubio have joked that people mention the two possibly pairing up and said they would likely “have to arm wrestle over who would be top of the ticket.”

The comments were a surprise for the likely 2016 candidate, who hasn’t yet announced a bid for president. Walker has said he’ll decide once he completes negotiations for his state’s budget. 

Even official candidates are usually loath to discuss vice presidential prospects before securing the nomination. 

Walker is in the front of the GOP presidential pack, essentially tied for first place at 11 percent in a RealClearPolitics aggregation of recent polls.

— This story was updated at 10:27 a.m.

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