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Thursday, January 15, 2015

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Walker says GOP needs 'fresh face' in prez race

Gov. Scott Walker, who's expected to make a run for president in 2016, said while Mitt Romney would have been a good president, "I think it's pretty hard to make an argument about going forward when you're arguing about people and ideas from the past."

The best way to counter who he said was a likely Dem nominee in Hillary Clinton, "is to have a fresh face with new ideas to move the party and ultimately, the country, forward."

Walker also described what he would say before the RNC's meeting in California tonight.

"We're going to talk about the fact that I think the party and the country need fresh, new ideas," Walker said. "And they need to have people who are not just talking about it but actually have a record of accomplishing common-sense conservative ideals that are not only good for the party, but ultimately good for moving this country forward."

Walker said he isn't concerned that a lawsuit the state joined against President Obama's executive actions on immigration will hurt support for Republicans within the Hispanic community.

"I think voters, no matter what their ethnic background, understand and respect the fact that the law is the law and no one person in this country is above the law," Walker said.

Meanwhile, Walker has added two more national speaking engagements to his upcoming calendar as he weighs a presidential bid.

He will address the American Action Forum Jan. 30 in Washington, D.C., about a week after he addresses the Iowa Freedom Summit.

Walker's campaign also confirmed today he'll speak to the Conservative Political Action Committee Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C. Walker has addressed the group before, and it's one of several events considered key for any Republican running for president.

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