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Governor Walker insists he's not thinking about 2016 White House run


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker insists that he’s not considering a run for the White House in 2016.

The Republican Walker told the Associated Press Monday that he’s focusing on his job as governor, and deciding what he should recommend for the next state budget.

Walker is a close personal and political friend of Janesville’s Paul Ryan, this year’s GOP vice presidential nominee who’s being mentioned as a White House hopeful for 2016.

Walker says he has talked to Ryan about pheasant hunting and going to church – but they have not talked about anything presidential – or advice Ryan might give Walker for a national campaign.

Walker told the AP, “I’ve worked far too hard to become the governor, and governor again, to worry about anything else after that.”

He was first elected as Wisconsin’s governor in 2010, and he survived a recall election in June.

Starting Tuesday, Walker plans to go around the state to get people’s ideas for what should or should not be in the next state budget. His first stop is in Green Bay Tuesday, and he’ll hold a similar session in La Crosse later in the week. Similar stops are being planned for Wausau, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee.