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November 18, 2013 - 8:15 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) defended the assertion in his new book that the next nominee for the GOP presidential ticket has to be a governor, arguing a successful candidate needs to prove on an executive level that he or she is a reformer.

Walker said on CBS ¬†that members of Congress whose names have been floated as 2016 hopefuls are “all great people; in fact, if there’s a fan club for Paul Ryan, I would be the president of that.”

But, he added, “overall, people in America, I think, are frustrated with everyone in Washington, not just Republicans, not just Democrats, with — with the lack of getting things done.”

“And in the book, I contrast the fact that in the states where the optimism is, and you even mentioned the numbers in the presidential elections. In 30 states in America, after last November’s presidential election, there are now 30 states with Republican governors, almost as many states with Republican legislated majorities. Why?” Walker said.

“…A proven successful reformer in the states, I think, would go a long way, not just towards winning, but more importantly, towards governing.”

Walker spent yesterday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the Giants-Packers game.

“I think any of the 30 Republican governors would be a marked improvement over this president,” Walker demurred when asked if Christie was the golden ticket to the White House. “…In the end, you look at the difference out there, people see governors as being more optimistic, more relevant, more courageous. And in fact, in all of those states we just talked about in the presidential election, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, all those states are states — were battle ground states, and yet, Republicans are governors in those states.”

A Democrat, Terry McAuliffe, takes office in January in Virginia.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The problem that any governor coming into the White House would have though is lack of experience with Congress. While a governor would be great, that person would also need people who know how to get things done in Congress.
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Former governor Ronald Reagan had very little trouble with Congress, and really, neither did George W Bush.

I think we've seen with Obama that experience with Congress doesn't mean all that much at all.
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The next GOP nominee better be somebody who will clearly and aggressively point out the truth about the progressivemarxist agenda. If the country was not teetering on the brink of oblivion, it might matter whether the person was a governor, a senator or a dog-catcher. But given the current situation, it doesn't matter a whit.

If the GOP doesn't nominate somebody who will speak the truth and actually fight for the constitution, then there won't be a GOP after 2016.
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The Establishment Republicans are trying to give Christie a lock on the nomination more than two years ahead of the election. I've already decided that MY vote will go to the candidate who most closely reflects MY political values and beliefs, regardless of label.

That won't be Christie, and I don't care how "electable" he might be.
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I guess you still don't get it.

My vote is My vote. No candidate gets it unless they can convince me that they really will represent my views. I'm tired of voting AGAINST candidates.

If the Republicans are serious about wanting my vote, they can nominate someone I'm convinced will reflect my views. Christie isn't candidate, simple as that.
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walker is right . my choice is jesse ventura without the radio guy
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