WATERTOWN, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker once again shrugged off the persisting rumor that he could be a last-minute "white knight" at the Republican National Convention in July, talking to reporters Tuesday next to a 65-foot-long Johnsonville brat grill.
CNN reported late last week, citing "two sources with direct knowledge," that Walker has privately told friends he is "intrigued" by the possibility of allowing himself to be introduced as a challenge to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump at the convention in mid-July.
"Maybe the sources are talking to each other. I don't know," Walker said with a laugh. "No, for me, the only campaign I’ll consider anytime in the near future is the possibility of running for re-election. We won’t make a decision on that until after this year’s elections and after the budget’s completed next year, but if anything, if I’m going to run for anything in the future, it would be re-election if anything at all."
The governor spoke with reporters about his remaining concerns with Trump and his thoughts on the convention at an event celebrating the opening of a new Johnsonville Sausage facility in Watertown.
Walker said he is still waiting for Trump to clarify statements he made accusing Indiana-born U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of being biased against him in the Trump University case because of his "Mexican heritage," but he will leave it up to RNC leaders to "figure out what may or may not happen at the convention."
Asked about House Speaker Paul Ryan's encouragement for Republican delegates to vote their conscience in Cleveland, Walker said it's a "legitimate" point.
"I think historically, and not just this year, delegates are able, are and should be able to vote the way they see fit," Walker said.
Walker said he will follow state party rules and cast his first ballot at the convention for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who won the Wisconsin primary.
"We'll see how things go between now and the convention as to what the next steps are," Walker said. "I’m not going to speculate now only because, as you all know, the situation may change by this afternoon, not to mention the convention."
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