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Walker says considering presidential run not a distraction

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MAPLE BLUFF, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn't see his consideration of a run for president as a distraction as he works on solving a $2.2 billion state budget shortfall.

Walker told The Associated Press on Monday that he views his thinking about a 2016 presidential run differently from a possible debate of right-to-work legislation. Walker has repeatedly said that debate would be a distraction from his agenda and he hopes the Legislature doesn't take it up.

But he says a potential presidential run doesn't distract from trying to enact his priorities next year, which include a property tax cut, a school accountability bill and government consolidation.

Walker says his viability as a potential presidential candidate depends on the state doing well, so it's not in his interest to get distracted.

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