Scott Walker thinks he can make waves in just about any 2016 primary state — except Florida.
The Wisconsin governor admitted as much Tuesday, telling conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio could force him to decide to bow out of the sweepstakes in the Sunshine State next March.
“If we chose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there we wouldn’t play in,” Walker said when asked about his approach to the primary/caucus schedule. “I mean, other than maybe Florida, where Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are, in some polls, essentially tied.”
“They’re going to eat up a good amount of that financial advantage that Governor Bush is going to have. I remember Rick Scott spent something like $100 million running for governor last year, so it won’t be that much, but a chunk of that will be going after the Florida primary,” he continued.
The Florida primary is currently slated for March 15, the same day as primaries in Illinois, a midwestern state Walker would figure to compete in, and Missouri.
“Short of that, I think our message of common sense conservative reform, if we were to get into this election, could play anywhere out there,” Walker told Ingraham. “If we ultimately ended up being a candidate, we’d be focused on the caucus in Iowa, and the primaries in places like New Hampshire and South Carolina, on down the line.”