Gov. Scott Walker talks with reporters after speaking at the Governor's Business Plan award ceremony during the Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Wednesday.


Gov. Scott Walker shook his head at rumors floated Wednesday that he is open to accepting the Republican nomination if Donald Trump's candidacy falls apart before the party's convention in July. 

"I am completely committed to being governor," Walker told reporters. "If I run another campaign in the future, it’ll be running for re-election for governor in 2018, and I won’t make a decision on that until after the elections and after the budget. But that would be the only campaign I’d consider in the future."

Asked what he would do if the possibility were raised on the convention floor, Walker laughed.

"I think, we could talk about hypotheticals all day long. I don’t think any of those are likely," he said.

The rumor was published on the conservative site RedState on Wednesday afternoon. The piece appeared to derive the theory from comments Walker made Tuesday published by WKOW-TV in Madison

Walker told reporters Tuesday it's "sad" that voters have such "poor choices" in the 2016 election.

At the time, Walker wouldn't say whether he would continue to support Trump as he has in the past, noting that Trump is "not yet the nominee." 

Asked on Wednesday whether he will still support Trump, Walker said he's focused right now on calling out the candidate's statements accusing Indiana-born U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of being biased against him in the Trump University case because of his "Mexican heritage."

Walker said Trump's comments are wrong "not as a Republican, not as a political person, but I think it's just wrong as an American."

"I’m just trying to focus on joining with many others like me who believe he needs to be called out on this, and he needs to make it abundantly clear to the American people that he does not embrace those ideas," Walker said. "And I think it’s particularly important between now and the convention that he does that."

Asked whether Trump needs to change his tone in general, Walker said he's focused on what was said about the judge.

He also argued that people should be discussing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's character, noting her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State and her role in the Benghazi scandal.

He also took a swipe at the Armani jacket Clinton wore while delivering a speech about income inequality.

"She is unfit to be president of the United States," Walker said. "That's one of the few things I believe and share beliefs with Bernie Sanders. He said it, I believe it, and I think it's about the content of her character. That's what we should be debating out there."

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.