UWM professor predicts Scott Walker will be GOP's VP choice

CREATED Apr. 10, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr. 10, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- UWM Political Science Professor Mordecai Lee is making a bold prediction for the Republican VP candidate: Scott Walker.

Lee told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure that he believes current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is currently facing a recall election, would be a perfect candidate for vice president.

Lee said that Walker is a household name nationwide, he can energize the Republican base, isn't a Washington politician and would satisfy both social and fiscal Conservatives.

"In a sense, Scott Walker is the perfect Sarah Palin without her liabilities," said Lee.  "If he loses the recall, he'll be the martyr hero of the Republicans."

Despite all the controversy surrounding Scott Walker, the recall race and John Doe investigations, Lee believes that Walker isn't a risky bet for Republicans to stand behind.  Lee thinks Walker's education in international affairs as well national and state issues would make him a great Republican national figure.

Lee thinks that there is some hostility between Romney and Santorum -- therefore Lee doesn't think Santorum would be Mitt Romney's VP candidate.

As far as Paul Ryan for VP, Lee considers the Janesville representative to be too focused on fiscal issues -- calling him a "policy wonk."  Lee believes that Ryan enjoys his current position in the house, Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, too much to give that up to be vice president.

As far as Rick Santorum dropping out of the presidential race, Lee saw that move coming after the Wisconsin presidential primary loss.  "I think Wisconsin was the pivot state," said Lee.  "Our open primary meant that not only hardcore Republicans were voting, but a broader electorate.  And the fact that Santorum lost to Romney with this broader electorate was the ultimate hand writing on the wall."