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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., March 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., March 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)  

Why Scott Walker thinks governors make better presidents

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won’t say whether he is contemplating his own run for president in 2016 but is arguing the GOP must nominate a governor and not a senator or congressman.

The Republican said in an interview with The Daily Caller on Tuesday that lawmakers simply don’t have the sort of experience that governors can boast.

Asked to describe how he views the role of being governor — compared to being a senator — Walker responded: “Makes decisions. Gets things done. Held accountable. The buck stops with you.”

“They can’t hide behind their vote,” Walker said of governors. “They can’t just talk about things. We’re ultimately held accountable every single day. We have to present budgets. Many of us — like myself — not only have vetoes but line-item vetoes. We put together cabinets. Those are all important things when it comes to leadership.”

Walker likened this to a company hiring a CEO. “If you have a business, you hire someone to lead your business who hopefully has successfully led a smaller business — and it showed they could handle that,” Walker said. “That’s the difference.”

Won’t confirm interest in a 2016 run

Walker’s call for Republicans to nominate a governor for president might seem like self-serving statement from a potential presidential aspirant. But the governor says Republicans should be focused on the elections in 2014, when he is up for re-election in Wisconsin, and not the 2016 race yet.

Asked what it would take for him to run in 2016, Walker responded: “I honestly believe that Republicans — any of us talking about anything other than ’14 — are doing a big disservice to the country, not just to our party,” he told TheDC.

The Republican governor is promoting his new book “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.” While releasing a book is a time-honored tradition for presidential hopefuls, Walker denies that’s why he wrote it.

“Unlike a lot of times when elected officials write books, there isn’t some alternative purpose,” he said. “It’s pretty straightforward.”