Paul Ryan: Scott Walker Has ‘A Really Good Chance’ In 2016


Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president in the 2012 cycle has some advice for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: be yourself.

“We talk fairly often,” Ryan said in an interview with Wisconsin’s WITI on Thursday. The interview was flagged by The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Scott’s a good friend of mine. I just give him advice just to be himself. I think he’s got a really good chance and I look forward to seeing how it goes for him.”

Ryan wasn’t formally endorsing Walker for president —and Walker, for that matter, hasn’t formally jumped into the race, but he’s strongly suggested that he plans to announce his candidacy soon.

“I want Scott to do the announcement on his own terms,” Ryan added. “I think he’s got a very good chance and a very good opportunity and I think he’s, I think people are taking great interest in his candidacy.”

In January, Ryan, who had been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in both 2012 and 2016, said he wouldn’t run for president. When Romney announced that he would not run for president in 2016, Ryan said he wouldn’t back another candidate in the primary.

In February Ryan, in an interview with CNN, called Walker a “great governor.”