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UPDATE: Wis. governor to court Iowans, stoking 2016 talk

UPDATED Wednesday, May 22, 2013 --- 6:18 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is gearing up for re-election next year. But the Republican's actions suggest he might be seeking a much bigger prize -- the presidency in 2016.

Walker is courting outside-the-state donors and conservatives.

This week, he plans to talk to Republicans in Iowa, which traditionally holds the nation's first presidential caucus.

He's also refusing to say whether he would serve out another full term if re-elected governor.

The Iowa visit will wrap up a busy week that included fundraisers in Connecticut and New York City.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 --- 9:25 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will visit Iowa this week to deliver a speech that may bolster speculation that he will run for president in 2016.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/12FlTWk ) Walker will speak to a Republican fundraiser in the Des Moines area on Thursday. The event will be hosted by the Republican Party of Polk County.

Walker says he's attending the event at the invitation of his friend, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. Walker says visiting a neighboring state isn't necessarily tied to presidential politics.

But Walker is a favorite of many conservatives because he fought to limit collective bargaining for public workers in his state and then survived a recall election.

Walker is also scheduled to speak at conservative events around the country.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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