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updated 5/24/2013 2:19:00 PM ET 2013-05-24T18:19:00

There may still be over 1,200 days until the 2016 presidential election, but you wouldn’t know it from all the action in early primary states, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker heading to Iowa and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul stopping in New Hampshire.

There may still be over 1,200 days until the 2016 presidential election, but you wouldn’t know it from all the action in early primary states this week.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker introduced himself Thursday night to Iowa Republicans at a party fundraiser in Polk County, saying it’s time for the national party to look to the governors—and to the Midwest—for their leader.

“We’ve laid a positive foundation to move Wisconsin forward, and people wanted to continue down that path—we need to do that nationally as well,” said Walker.

And, the neighboring governor not-so-subtly reminded voters half a dozen times during his 40-minute speech that he lived in Plainfield, a tiny town in northeast Iowa, as a child.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was in the Granite State earlier this week, delivering his own prescription for the GOP at a fundraiser in Concord, N.H., and talking in an unusually elaborate way of how his party needed to diversify.

“We need to have black people, white people brown people—we need to have people with tattoos, without tattoos, with long hair, with short hair, with bears, without beards,” said Paul. “We need to look more like America.”

And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who’s familiar with taking heat from his own party, will welcome President Obama back to his state on Tuesday for a tour of the Jersey shore, which has reopened after Hurricane Sandy.

In an Friday interview while touring the rebuilding, Today’s Matt Lauer asked the Republican governor whether another appearance of that political odd couple could hurt him with his own party.

“I think that what people in my state want me to do more than anything else is for me to do my job,” said Christie. “The fact of the matter is he’s the president of United States and if he wants to come here and see the people of New Jersey, I’m the governor I’ll be here to welcome him.”

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    >>> turning to our weekly daily roundup, 1264 days to the election. someone else did the math. we'll trust them on it. you wouldn't know from comings and goings in early primary states. republican scott walker introduced himself at a fundraiser in polk county . time for the party to look to the governors and midwest for their leaders.

    >> we've laid a positive foundation to move wisconsin forward and people want to continue down that path. we need to do that nationally as well. our schools, we can hire and fire based on merit, we can pay based on performance. that means we can put the best and the brightest in our classrooms and we can afford to keep them there.

    >> walker downplayed his presidential ambitions in interviews but he did manage to mention maybe half a dozen times during his 40-minute speech that he lived in plainfield, a tiny town in northeast iowa when he was a child. another stop, rand paul , delivered his own prescription for gop at a fundraiser in concord, new hampshire.

    >> we need to have black people , brown people , white people , people with tattoos, without tattoos, with long hair, with short hair, with beards, without beards. we need to look more like america.

    >> the tattoo vote could be decisive. rand paul found himself in the middle of a feud with arizona senator john mccain and another 2016 hopeful texas center ted cruz who took on mccain tuesday explaining why he objects to sending the senate budget to conference with the house.

    >> the senior senator from arizona urged this body to trust the republicans. let me be clear, i don't trust the republicans. and i don't trust the democrats.

    >> finally, a guy who is familiar with taking heat from his party, governor chris christie . he will welcome the president back to his state tuesday for a tour of the jersey shore , which, of course, has reopened after hurricane sandy. that happened today. this morning on "today," matt lauer asked christy if another appearance of that political odd couple could actually hurt him within his own party.

    >> do you ever worry that another visit and more images of you two walking along the boardwalk will cook your personal political goose?

    >> no. i think what people in my state want more than anything else is for me to do my job. the fact of the matter is, he's the president of the united states . he wants to come here and see the people of new jersey. i'm the governor. i'll be here to welcome him.

    >> should be a big weekend on the show. deputy political editor is here for more on this morning's first read. give usa sense, governor scott walker , rand paul delivering different visions for the gop . what is -- what other competing visions to try to bring about this gop comeback.

    >> scott walker has really become something of a hero among conservatives and in the conservative base. remember, he survived that recall vote after his controversial measures on collective bargaining rights and union rights. rand paul , on the other hand, comes from a very different point of view, obviously, with his libertarian views. you have two folks really going in there and saying, rand paul saying we need to widen the tent, include more people. you have scott walker saying the problem is what democrats are trying to push is dependence on government. we as conservatives have a different message. more of a traditional, similar to the notes we heard in 2012 from scott walker .

    >> another name less focused on 2016 than an election sooner than that, which is anthony weiner in the city of new york . yesterday was day one of his sort of mayoral comeback as it were. i want to play a sound bite . this is his first interview.

    >> any other shoes to drop on this that maybe you want to get out yourself before somebody else does?

    >> well, i can -- it is what it is. people may decide they want to come forward and say here is another e-mail that i got or another photo i got, but i'm certainly not going to do that.

    >> that was obviously referring to whether or not there were tweets or pictures he should be concerned about. the "new york post" will have field days focusing on this. how viable is the campaign.

    >> everybody likes to talk about the aggressive new york tabloids. the fact of the matter is, the show he was on, the host was brian lair, wnyc. that's public radio , that's not exactly public fodder he's getting questions on that. most of the time politicians that want to get past the scandal hold one big interview, get past it and move on. you can't do that in new york because the media spotlight is so glaring. it's going to be difficult to move past the issue.

    >> in case you missed it at home, here is what we heard from andrew congresswoman okay, the governor of new york , he said, among other things, we'll put it on the screen for you. if we vote on this guy, shame on us. if anthony weiner wants to run for mayor, he can run for mayor. if he runs, he runs. if we elect him, shame on us. another graphic, weiner for mayor, a picture of the gorgeous bridge.

    >> you wouldn't if you know anything about the new york city skyline, because it was pittsburgh .

    >> this isn't the kind of stuff you expect from --

    >> on the last point, i think it's very difficult for him when you're having trouble fielding a topnotch set of staffers, you know, you put this together healther skelter. this is what happens oftentimes. the other thing, andrew cuomo wound up walking back when he said, i don't know where the joke was in that. the shame on us doesn't sound like a punch line.

    >> humor hasn't been getting through at least recently with cuomo. not that there's anything wrong with pittsburgh . we're all good with pittsburgh . up next democratic

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