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Walker says 'Unintimidated' not a campaign book

  • Associated Press
  • November 19, 2013 - 10:35 AM

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his new book out Tuesday is not a campaign book but that he's not ruling out a run for president in 2016 or promising that if re-elected next year he'll serve out his term.

Walker told the Wisconsin State Journal in a story published Tuesday (http://tiny.cc/lyvs6w ) that he has a "big, bold" agenda for a second term, including overhauling entitlement programs such as BadgerCare and tax reform.

But Walker, in the interview conducted last week, did not reveal details of what those reforms may be.

Walker faces re-election next year, the third time he will be up for a vote in four years. In 2012 he became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall, and he's used that fight to build a national profile that's made him a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016.

Walker has tried to downplay talk of a presidential run, even as he spends this week promoting his book in Washington, D.C., and through national television interviews. In the State Journal interview, Walker focused on his priorities for winning re-election as governor.

"When I officially get in the race next spring, I'm not going to just coast in that election. We're going to talk about the big, bold agenda for the next four years and our term, and spell out the things we plan to do," Walker told the newspaper. "We don't want to sit here and have done all this, have gone through all this, and not have it continue to build momentum in the state."

Walker has repeatedly refused to say whether he will serve his full term if elected. The release of his book, "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge," is fueling speculation that he will run for president.

"I can't say someday in the future what may or may not happen," Walker told the State Journal.

Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive and state Commerce Department secretary, has announced that she will run against Walker in 2014. No other candidate has emerged.

Burke commented Tuesday on Walker's book release with a tweet.

"Unintimidated? Well, that makes two of us," Burke said. Her campaign spokesman said she would have no further comment.

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