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Political professor on Walker: 'I think he'll run' for President in '16

CREATED May 20, 2013

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  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker talks to workers as he visits Super Steel, LLC, to talk about his plans to add jobs in the State, Friday morning. March 22, 2013. GARY PORTER/GPORTER@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Gary Porter

MADISON - A political science professor says that the appearances Governor Scott Walker has planned for Iowa this week are showing how he's "testing the waters" for a possible presidential run in 2016.

"He can't be explicit yet, but I think he'll run," said University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Walker is giving the keynote speech at a GOP fundraising event near Des Moines on Thursday.  The Iowa Caucus is among the most important early presidential races ramping up to 2016.

"We used to call this period 'testing the waters.'  I think that's what he's doing," said Sabato.

"I'm going to Iowa, but I get invited to other states that have nothing to do with presidential politics," explained Gov. Walker, according to the State Journal.