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Even though Scott Walker hasn't officially announced that he is running for president*, he is making overtures about teaming up with Marco Rubio as a ticket:
Already, there's murmuring: What about a Walker-Rubio ticket? Or a Rubio-Walker one?As the article goes on to note, things haven't always been wonderful between the two:
“I've actually had quite a few people -- grassroots supporters, donors and others -- who have made that suggestion,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said in an interview with Bloomberg Politics on Thursday, when asked if he would be at all interested in partnering with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Granted, it's early -- Walker has not even announced if he will run or not, saying that he wants to wait until after his state's two-year budget is completed in early July -- but speculative political matchmaking has already begun. And these two have a lot in common: They are both 40-somethings with kids who talk up their humble roots and rank as some of the least wealthy potential presidential contenders.
But there has been a little bit of sparring between the two. In late April, both were in the Des Moines area for a Saturday evening political forum at a mega-church. Earlier that day, Rubio said in a meeting with the Des Moines Register editorial board that there was "no way" a governor like Walker could handle foreign relations.Ironically, what Walker sees as being a positive actually exposes him for the novice and fool he really is:
"Governors can certainly read about foreign policy, and take briefings and meet with experts, but there is no way they'll be ready on Day 1 to manage U.S. foreign policy," said Rubio, now 44, according to the Des Moines Register.
Walker, upon hearing about this comment, fired back: “I think he’s questioning how Ronald Reagan was ready.”
Some who have talked privately to Walker about a possible pairing with Rubio say they have been surprised by how seriously the Wisconsin governor seems to be taking the prospect. At this phase of presidential campaign, the norm would be for a White House hopeful to summarily dismiss such a move, in public and in private.When asked who would be the top of the ticket, Walker quipped that they might have to arm wrestle for it. Walker didn't indicate if he would wear his latex gloves for such a match:
*Walker is still waiting for God to tell him whether to run. In Walker's case, God is The Almighty Dollar. If he gets enough Big Money backers, God will tell him to run. If the Big Money goes elsewhere, God will tell him he's not done destroying Wisconsin.