Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that he believes an open convention would likely produce a nominee not currently running for the White House.
"I think if it’s an open convention, it’s very likely it would be someone who’s not currently running," Walker told reporters, according to local newspaper The Cap Times. "I mean, who knows."
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association, speaks to the media after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
"The one thing I qualify — it’s like the qualifications you see on those ads you see for car dealerships. I think any of us who comment on this election have to qualify that almost every prediction’s been off, so it’s hard to predict anything," he added.
Walker is not the first to theorize a candidate not in the running could be selected. Some have tossed out House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as a possibility, while radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh suggested the establishment would move to select former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Walker, seen as an early favorite for the GOP nomination before Donald Trump jumped in the race, added that he will decide whether he will endorse within the coming days. Earlier this week, he hinted the candidate might be Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“If you’re someone who is uneasy with the front-runner right now, there’s really only one candidate I think if you’re just looking at the numbers objectively,” Walker said. “Sen. Ted Cruz is the only one who’s got a chance other than Donald Trump to win the nomination, statistically, and my friend Gov. Kasich cannot.”
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