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Wisconsin’s Walker steps up political activity--preparing for 2016?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thanks supporters as he wins another term over challenger Mary Burke, Nov. 4, 2014.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thanks supporters as he wins another term over challenger Mary Burke, Nov. 4, 2014. MCT

Add Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to the list of potential Republican presidential candidates who look like they’re taking steps to prepare for a run.

According to multiple sources, Walker will create a new political organization in a few weeks, and has engaged Rick Wiley to help. Wiley is a former Republican National Committee political director, coveted by potential presidential candidates. CNN first reported Walker’s plans.

Walker also has agreed to appear at the Iowa Freedom Summit January 24, along with other potential presidential candidates. The summit in the nation’s first caucus state is the first such gathering of the year.

Walker is regarded as a potentially strong presidential contender. He has won three statewide elections in four years, including a recall election, and is familiar to Iowa residents in that neighboring state.

Walker joins a growing roster of potential Republican hopefuls taking similar steps, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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