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Monday, November 18, 2013

Scott Walker Isn’t Saying He’s Running… But He Sounds Like He’s Running. -- By Jim Geraghty, National Review

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped by the National Review DC offices Friday.

He’s out promoting his new book, Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge, and his publisher asked that we not quote him about the book until the official publication this week. Walker is quick to emphasize the book isn’t an autobiography; it’s mostly about his years as governor so far, particularly the high-profile fights over pension reform and controlling spending and his recommendations about enacting conservative policies in a purple-to-blue state.

One of Walker’s key messages Friday was that as disastrous as the Obamacare rollout has been, Republicans cannot be seen as gloating or “spiking the football”; he says that as a governor who did not expand Medicaid or set up a state exchange, his role is to do his best for the people in his state who “slip through the cracks” – who have lost their existing insurance plans and can’t buy or afford a new one through the dysfunctional federal web site.

I asked Walker about his reelection outlook; most polls have him in good but not great position, leading his only announced challenger, Democrat Mary Burke, by a few percentage points but below 50 percent. Walker said he governs a state that is roughly evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, and that he thinks it’s fair to say he has a ceiling of about 52 to 53 percent. He also said that while he won the recall by a margin that surprised many, 53 percent to 46 percent, he recognizes that some of that margin came from voters who disagreed with the recall on principle, not because they agreed with everything he was doing. The governor’s decision to make that point, unprompted, represents something of a declaration against interest. Give him some points for honesty and modesty.

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