WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) disqualified several frontrunners and tea party favorites for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, saying he believed a current or former governor must fill that position.
"I think it’s got to be an outsider," Walker told ABC's "This Week" when asked about his ideal candidate for the Republican ticket. "I think both the presidential and the vice presidential nominee should either be a former or current governor -- people who have done successful things in their states, who have taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward."
Walker was asked if he was thereby ruling out possible bids from Republican Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.), all of whom are considered likely to seek their party's nomination in 2016.
"All good guys, but ... it’s got to be somebody who’s viewed as being exceptionally removed from Washington," he responded.
ABC's Jonathan Karl also asked Walker specifically about his Wisconsin colleague, Rep. Paul Ryan, who is also rumored to be considering a run for president and who served as 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney's running mate.
"I love Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan, if he had a fan club, I’d be the president of that," Walker said, though he added that Ryan also wouldn't meet his criteria for the ideal candidate.
Part of Walker's reluctance to encourage congressional Republicans in a presidential bid was their ill-fated strategy to shut down the government last month over Obamacare, which the governor thought was a mistake. He added that their refusal to compromise was a "real problem."
The Wisconsin governor survived a historic recall election in 2012 and is widely regarded as a presidential hopeful himself. On Sunday, Walker didn't rule out the possibility that he might run in 2016.
"I don’t rule anything out," he said.
BEFORE YOU GO
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more information
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place