A quick look at potential 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker

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A quick look at potential 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker
FILE - In this June 5, 2012 file photo Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker reacts at his victory party in Waukesha, Wis., after winning a recall election. A person close to a secret investigation of Walker’s campaign and other conservative groups said Wednesday, May 28, 2014 that the governor's attorney is discussing a possible settlement with the lead investigator that would end the probe. The probe focused on alleged illegal campaign fundraising, spending and coordination between conservative groups, Walker's campaign and others during recall elections in both 2011 and 2012. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, listens as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, right, speaks during a news conference at the Republican Governors Association's quarterly meeting on Wednesday May 21, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, talks to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with one of her grandsons during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, right, puts on his Harley Davidson jacket over his Brewers jersey during the opening session of the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, while NGA Vice Chairman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, left, watches. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
FILE - In this May 3, 2014 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Republican party of Wisconsin State Convention in Milwaukee. Gov. Walker emerged with a major victory this week when a federal court halted a secret investigation into his 2012 recall campaign and conservative groups that supported him, ruling the probe was a breach of free-speech rights. The decision could boost his re-election campaign and better his prospects for a possible 2016 presidential run. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Madison, Wis. Walker made the case in his State of the State speech Wednesday that extra money collected thanks to an improving national economy should be returned as property and income tax cuts, even as some Republicans are saying his proposal goes too far. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) 
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks at his victory party Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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A look at preparations by Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

Nondenial denial: "I'm really focused on 2014, not getting ahead of the game. ... You guys can predict all you want." - Jan. 5, CNN. Won't commit to serving full term if he wins re-election in November.

Book: Yes. "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge," was out in fall 2013.

Iowa visits: Yes. In May 2013, spoke to 600 at GOP fundraiser outside Des Moines. Talked about his seven years as a young child living in Plainfield, a tiny town in northeast Iowa. "Yeah, I'm going to Iowa, but I get invited to other states that have nothing to do with presidential politics," to Wisconsin State Journal.

New Hampshire: Yes, headlined a GOP state convention in October 2013, keynote at state party convention in September 2012.

South Carolina: Yes, attended August 2013 fundraiser for Gov. Nikki Haley, who came to Wisconsin to campaign for him in 2012 recall vote.

Foreign travel: Yes. China in 2013 on trade mission. Hasn't been to Israel.

Meet the money: Yes, addressed Republican Jewish Coalition at a Las Vegas gathering in March where the main attraction was Sheldon Adelson, a prolific Republican donor and casino owner who's looking for where to place his bets in GOP field. Headlined 2013 fundraisers in New York and Connecticut.

Networking: One of only a few 2016 prospects who spoke to Republican Jewish Coalition. Short video message to National Rifle Association's April leadership forum. Skipped the big Conservative Political Action Conference in March, appeared there last year. Campaigned for GOP in Virginia governor's race. Spoke to Michigan Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island last September. Hosted the National Governors Association summer meeting in Milwaukee in 2013. Conservative Political Action Conference, Aspen Institute. Aides said he hoped to campaign for Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., but couldn't schedule it.

Hog the TV: Already on the Sunday news show scoreboard for 2014, with a couple of appearances. Half-dozen such appearances since 2012 election. "Crossfire" debate with Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del., former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont., and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. Also, Piers Morgan, Lou Dobbs, more.

Do something: Curbs on public service unions became a national flashpoint, but he won the effort and the recall election that followed. Signed nearly $2 billion in tax cuts into law. Promised in 2010 to add 250,000 private sector jobs by the end of this year - a pledge he is not likely to fulfill.

Take a stand: Fiscal stewardship, from a GOP point of view. Tough guy against the unions and liberal defenders of the status quo. Says presidential and vice presidential candidates should both be current or former governors because GOP in Congress is the party of no.

Baggage: Some things that give him huge appeal with GOP conservatives - taking on unions, most notably - would whip up Democratic critics in general election. Wisconsin near bottom in job creation despite his campaign pledge in 2010 to create jobs. Release of thousands of emails in February shed new light on a criminal investigation into whether Walker's aides were illegally doing campaign work for the 2010 governor's election while being paid as county employees. Walker, then a county executive, wasn't charged, but the episode has proved a distraction as he campaigns for re-election in the fall.

Shadow campaign: Keeps close counsel with in-state group led by former chief of staff Keith Gilkes; also stays in touch with top national GOP governor strategists such as Nick Ayers.

Social media: Posts vigorously on Facebook and on his Twitter accounts. Many exclamation points. "Glad USDA is keeping cranberries on school menus. I drink several bottles of cranberry juice each day!" Promotes policy achievements and his TV appearances, reflects on sports, pokes President Barack Obama.

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