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Scott Walker on Mitt Romney: ‘I want to see fire in the belly’

Echoing his sentiment from a Friday interview, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday he wants to see “more passion” from Mitt Romney and more of the enthusiasm he witnessed when Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was first tapped by the former governor to be his running mate.

“I want to see fire in the belly,” Walker said of Romney on “Fox News Sunday," adding that he wants to see the Republican nominee “lit up and ready to go.”


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

“I think you've got to get off the heels and get out and charge forward,” the Wisconsin governor also said.

During a Friday interview with WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, Walker said he was
”enthused” when Romney picked Ryan to be his running mate “because I thought that was a signal that this guy was getting serious, he was getting bold.” But, he added, “I just haven’t seen that kind of passion I know that Paul has transferred over to our nominee.”

Walker made a renewed call Sunday for a return to a more impassioned style of campaigning, saying he would like to see “more of the enthusiasm” he saw when Romney and Ryan “were together early on."

Addressing a local issue, Walker called a Dane County Circuit Court judge’s recent ruling against his signature law that curbed collective bargaining for most public employees a “temporary setback." He expressed confidence a higher court would restore it.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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