He can’t use the Senate soapbox to rack up media hits and political points, like Rand Paul or Marco Rubio. He isn’t poised to run up the score in his reelection campaign as a show of strength heading into 2016, as Chris Christie intends to do this November in New Jersey.
But Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s game plan for the next three years is quietly taking shape: Win reelection next year in this purple state without moderating a record that has won many hearts in the conservative base; let the other GOP hopefuls get sullied by the mud pit of Congress and each other; then pounce in 2015.
That, in essence, is the outline of the likely presidential contender’s game plan that emerged from interviews with multiple people in his orbit.
Operating in the shadows of the emerging GOP presidential field, Walker has been laying the groundwork for a 2016 campaign. His bid would aim to capitalize on his record as a committed social conservative who has taken on Democratic interests repeatedly in a Midwestern battleground state — and won.
You probably won’t catch him on the Sunday talk shows holding forth on immigration reform or facing off with senators over federal surveillance policy. But that suits Walker fine. He’d rather take care of business in Wisconsin and travel quietly to early voting states, raising money and building chits for a national bid.
But the first order of business for Walker is winning his third election in four years here — against a wealthy potential Democratic opponent who could spend millions of her fortune — without watering down his conservative bona fides.
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