A political analyst and former U.S. congressman believes Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker could be the kind of "Reaganesque" conservative the GOP needs when it comes time to choose its next presidential candidate.
The Wisconsin governor is gearing up for his re-election effort next year after having survived a recall challenge last year. The conservative has been politically successful in a state that historically leans Democratic – and when asked about a possible 2016 presidential run, he said he isn't ruling out the possibility. Walker recently released his book called Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, which has further fueled speculation about a Walker presidential run.
Bob Beauprez, a former Colorado congressman, says Walker has many of the characteristics of Ronald Reagan.
"I think we're looking for that Reaganesque kind of a leader," he tells OneNewsNow. "I want to think that Scott Walker is one of those – [that he's] somebody who people still admire and respect and don't find to be somehow unelectable or overly offensive. I think Walker is one of those."
Beauprez says even though he admires Ted Cruz, he doesn't think the freshman senator from Texas is quite ready for a run at the White House. "He has been so demonized by much of the media, and his unfavorables are probably pretty high around the country," he says. "Just the reality of national electability ... may be a significant challenge for Ted."
The political analyst believes a number of excellent GOP candidates will undoubtedly emerge as the time to start thinking about the next presidential election draws closer.
Beauprez publishes an online column called "A Line of Sight."