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UPDATE: APInterview: Walker not thinking about 2016

POSTED: Monday, November 26, 2012 --- 10:00 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker insists he is not thinking about running for president in 2016.

Walker tells The Associated Press in a Monday interview that he is focused on putting together the next state budget and working as governor.

Walker was elected governor in 2010 and survived a June recall election. He is close political and personal friends with Paul Ryan, the GOP congressman from Janesville who was Mitt Romney's running mate this year and frequently mentioned as a viable presidential candidate in 2016.

Walker says he has talked with Ryan about pheasant hunting and going to Mass, but he has not talked with him about anything presidential.

Walker says, "I've worked far too hard to become the governor and governor again to worry about anything else after that."

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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POSTED: Monday, November 26, 2012 --- 9:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker tells The Associated Press that he remains "absolutely" confident that he is not a subject of a criminal investigation involving former aides in his Milwaukee County office.

Walker said in a Monday interview that none of the evidence revealed for the first time in court last week would suggest that he's a target of the investigation.

E-mails discussed at the sentencing last week of former Walker deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch showed that members of Walker's 2010 gubernatorial campaign held daily meetings with his county executive office staff.

Walker says he had no knowledge of county workers doing campaign work while on the clock for their county job. He says if he had known what Rindfleisch was doing, he would have taken action to stop it.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press


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