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2014/11/04: Wisconsin State Fair (copy)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker winking to the crowd before speaking at State Fair Park in West Allis on the night that he won re-election as governor. Within days he said it was “pretty obvious” he should consider running for president.

According to multiple reports, Gov. Scott Walker will file papers today to run for president.

Walker is set to file papers with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, and will officially announce his candidacy on July 13, several outlets reported Thursday morning.

According to a WisPolitics report, the governor has reserved the Waukesha County Expo Center for his announcement. That's where he awaited results from the 2012 recall election.

When pushed to give a timeline for his presidential announcement, Walker has said for months that he won’t announce a decision about his intentions until after the state budget is complete.

“We won’t do anything, we won’t make any public pronouncement one way or the other, until after the budget is signed,” Walker told reporters on May 7, the Associated Press reported.

But in Ripon last month, Walker’s comments to reporters took a turn from his previous promises of no action until after the budget is done.

“For us, my goal has always been to get through the end of the budget year which ends June 30. We’ll see after that. Sometime in July is a pretty good time,” he said.

That answer came as a stalemate over budget negotiations neared one month. Republicans announced on Wednesday that they had struck a deal on transportation funding that would allow the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee to resume its work.

That committee is set to meet at 10 a.m. The Assembly hopes to take up the budget early next week, but Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, acknowledged on Wednesday he still doesn't have the votes to pass the spending plan.

Upon learning of Walker's planned announcement, Democrats knocked his frequent out-of-state travels and referenced a Republican lawmaker who referred to the state's "crap budget" on the Assembly floor.

"It's no surprise that Scott Walker is busy filing to run for president and not working to finalize his 'crap budget,'" said Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairwoman Martha Laning. "The real news here is that Scott Walker will be in Wisconsin twice this month."

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.

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