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Walker tells national TV audience that GOP should pick a governor in 2016

Gov. Scott Walker didn't rule out a bid for the presidency in 2016 during an appearance on "Meet the Press," arguing Republicans should look to a governor for their next nominee.

"I care deeply about not only my state but my country, and we'll see what the future holds," Walker said when asked by host Chuck Todd if he would serve the full term he won in Tuesday's election.

Walker said GOP guvs would offer a sharp contrast to Dem Hillary Clinton. Walker said she represents all that is wrong with Washington, D.C.

"We need something fresh, organic from the bottom up, and that's what you get in the states," Walker said.

"I believe governors make much better presidents than members of Congress," Walker added later, though he said U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, may be the one exception to that rule.

In the interview, Walker also again explained his opposition to accepting federal money to expand Medicaid, saying "Relying on the federal government for your balancing a budget is really, I think, a fool's bet."

He said the reason state revenues were down in the first year of the biennium was because of the withholding changes that were made and took some credit for the health of the state's pension fund, saying: "We have the only fully-funded pension system in the country because of our reforms and because of the reforms that were put in even before I took office."

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