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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Why Scott Walker thinks governors make better presidents -- By Alex Pappas, The Daily Caller

Why Scott Walker thinks governors make better presidentsWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won’t say whether he is contemplating his own run for president in 2016 but is arguing the GOP must nominate a governor and not a senator or congressman.

The Republican said in an interview with The Daily Caller on Tuesday that lawmakers simply don’t have the sort of experience that governors can boast.

Asked to describe how he views the role of being governor — compared to being a senator — Walker responded: “Makes decisions. Gets things done. Held accountable. The buck stops with you.”

“They can’t hide behind their vote,” Walker said of governors. “They can’t just talk about things. We’re ultimately held accountable every single day. We have to present budgets. Many of us — like myself — not only have vetoes but line-item vetoes. We put together cabinets. Those are all important things when it comes to leadership.”

Walker likened this to a company hiring a CEO. “If you have a business, you hire someone to lead your business who hopefully has successfully led a smaller business — and it showed they could handle that,” Walker said. “That’s the difference.”

Won’t confirm interest in a 2016 run

Walker’s call for Republicans to nominate a governor for president might seem like self-serving statement from a potential presidential aspirant. But the governor says Republicans should be focused on the elections in 2014, when he is up for re-election in Wisconsin, and not the 2016 race yet.

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