UPDATE: Walker defends record, touts success at event

UPDATED Thursday, November 21, 2013 --- 1:31 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker continues to use the release of his book "Unintimidated" to tout the leadership of governors as the future of the Republican Party, talk up his own political victories and outline a platform that could be testing the waters for a 2016 presidential run.

Walker hit on all those themes at a Thursday event before a friendly crowd at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

Walker was quizzed about his book by co-author Marc Thiessen, a former speech writer for President George W. Bush.

Walker faces re-election next year and hasn't said whether he will run for president in 2016. But he's been outspoken in his belief that the next president should be a current or former governor who can run against business as usual in Washington.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Thursday, November 21, 2013 --- 9:00 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to discuss his new book "Unintimidated" with a friendly crowd at a conservative Washington, D.C., think tank.

Walker is scheduled to talk about his book Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute. His co-author, former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen, is set to moderate the discussion.

Panelists include Robert Costa, Washington editor of the National Review, former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie and Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

Walker's book came out this week and he's been promoting it with a series of interviews and appearances and national television shows.

The book largely retells the 2011 collective bargaining battle and his subsequent recall election. It's seen as a precursor to a possible run for president in 2016.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2013 --- 9:06 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his new book is not a campaign book, but he's not ruling out a run for president in 2016.

Walker told the Wisconsin State Journal in a story published Tuesday that he has a "big, bold" agenda for a second term, including overhauling entitlement programs like BadgerCare and tax reform.

Walker, in the interview conducted last week, did not reveal details of what his plans were.

Democrat Mary Burke has announced that she will run against Walker in 2014. No other candidate has emerged.

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

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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