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As Presidential Speculation Continues, Walker To Speak At Iowa Forum

CNN Reported That Walker Hired Former RNC Political Director For Potential Campaign Gig

Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA).

Gov. Scott Walker will join other potential presidential hopefuls at a forum in Iowa this month, sending yet another signal that he’s laying the groundwork for a campaign to win the White House.

Walker is listed as a confirmed guest at the Jan. 24 Iowa Freedom Summit, an event co-hosted by Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King and the group Citizens United. Others joining Walker include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

The Des Moines Register reports that it will be Walker’s third visit to Iowa since the 2012 presidential election. The Iowa Caucuses are about a year from now.

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“It’s one more opportunity to kind of share our vision, talk about what we’ve done in Wisconsin and see if it matches the interests of people in a state like Iowa as well — as similar speeches will in other states,” said Walker.

It’s just the latest step by Walker indicating that he’s exploring a run for president. CNN reported this week that Walker hired former Republican National Committee political director Rick Wiley to build his 2016 team a month ago. The Washington Post also reported that Walker allies are courting GOP mega-donor Foster Friess ahead of 2016.