Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says being pigeonholed as a “bland and uncharismatic” figure in the field of potential 2016 contenders is at least better than some of the alternatives.
“The media is going to peg any prospective candidate with a tag. I’d rather have ‘bland and uncharismatic’ than ‘dumb’ or ‘ignorant’ or ‘corrupt’ or any of the other things that they [could] label other would-be candidates out there — or ‘old’ for that matter,” Mr. Walker said on Wisconsin’s WTMJ radio in remarks flagged by Buzzfeed.
The 47-year-old, who announced the formation of a political committee this week that will allow him to test the waters further on a possible 2016 run, said he’s fine with that expectation but that he may have pushed aside that narrative a bit after Saturday, when he gave a well-received speech at an event in Iowa that was host to other possible GOP contenders as well.
Mr. Walker went on to preach a “common sense conservative” approach in Wisconsin.
“Follow through on your principles. You don’t have to throw red meat all the time,” he said. “Just say what you’re going to do and then do what you say and get it done, and I think people are hungry. After six-and-a-half-years of a guy who reads great off a teleprompter, I think what Americans want of any political background is authentic leadership that gets the job done.”