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Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Walker hints he could run for third term

Gov. Scott Walker hinted he could run for a third term as he told business leaders Wednesday he wants to continue the state's "great progress." 

It was the latest example of Walker suggesting another run for guv in 2018 -- despite current low poll numbers. 

Speaking at the Future Wisconsin Economic Summit in Madison, Walker said he looks forward to tackling Wisconsin's long-term economic challenges in this term and "whatever terms I'm blessed to serve thereafter." 

"We're committed, not just over the next couple of years but the next three years as I'm governor, and, God willing, if in the future, voters ask me to continue to stay on for four more years after that," Walker said at the Monona Terrace event. 

The guv's poll numbers took a hit in 2015 as he ran for president, and the latest Marquette University Law School Poll last month had his job approval rating at 38 percent. In the September poll, 35 percent of registered voters surveyed said they'd like to see the guv run for a third term, while 62 percent did not. 

During his speech Wednesday, Walker touted several indicators of an improving state economy, from a 4.3 percent unemployment rate that's at a 14-year low to a labor participation rate that's significantly higher than the nation's rate. 

But he said his State of the State address next month will include an effort to "spend more time listening" to people about how Wisconsin can do better. 

"We've still got plenty more to do," Walker told a friendly crowd. "This is not a 'mission accomplished' statement, but rather an update along the way." 

The summit, organized by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, focused largely on how the state can solve its demographic problems by bringing more workers into the state and retaining top talent. 

Among those solutions is a new branding campaign for the state that will highlight job opportunities and quality of life. A national survey released today, for example, found the state is praised for its outdoor opportunities and affordability. But it's also sometimes seen as "cold, socially intolerant and lacking in job opportunities," according to a WMC release. 

Organizers said 400 business, education and government leaders were expected at the event. 

"Around the country [and] around the world, what we think is a given is not such a given," Walker said. 

See the WMC release: 
http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=361303 


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