Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker shoots down VP talk

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 10:42am

Following his survival of a Wisconsin recall effort, Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday pushed back against the idea of being tapped as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney.

Political observers point out that not only is Walker a rising star in the GOP, but having his name on the ticket could further push the blue state of Wisconsin into the Republican column this November. Walker, however, had a different name in mind.

"If (Romney) were to ask me about what to do with Wisconsin, I'd say one of the most powerful reformers in the country grew up just down the way from me: Paul Ryan. I'd probably suggest he put him on the ticket," the governor said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

Walker faced a bitter battle over the last year after he signed into law a measure that curbed collective bargaining rights for most public employees. National groups poured in millions of dollars to help him fend off a recall challenge from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat. Walker defeated Barrett on Tuesday.

Pressed on whether he'd accept a vice presidential offer, Walker said he's focused on serving out his time as governor without the distraction of a recall effort.

"After a year and a half worth of all this, I want to help Wisconsin move forward," Walker said, again throwing out Ryan's name, who serves as a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin and is the House Budget Committee chairman.

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