Gov. Scott Walker on 2016: 'Governors Make Much Better Presidents'

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After pledging during the campaign to remain in office for a full four years, Wisconsin’s governor has left the door open to a possible White House run. Appearing on NBC’s "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, Gov. Scott Walker also detailed his state’s efforts to jump start its slow economy.

“I’ve got a plan to keep going for the next four years,” Walker told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “But, you know, certainly I care deeply about not only my state but my country. We’ll see what the future holds.”

Walker expressed admiration for fellow Wisconsinite and potential 2016 candidate Rep. Paul Ryan. “I love Paul Ryan, I’ve said many times I’d be the President of the Paul Ryan fan club.” However, when pressed further, Walker inferred that executive experience was an better trait for presidential candidates. “Paul Ryan may be the only exception to that rule,” said Walker. “But overall, I believe governors make much better presidents than members of Congress.”

The Wisconsin Republican discussed his economic efforts as governor, including the decision not to accept funding to expand his state's Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act. “States that have taken the Medicaid expansion are betting on the fact that the Congress and the president, who can't deal with the $17 trillion are going to magically somehow come up with new money,” Walker said. He refused to directly criticize Ohio Governor John Kasich for taking the money, but said “relying on the federal government for your balancing your budget is really, I think, a fool's bet.”

— Dale Armbruster

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