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Gov. Walker working on book

Published On: Mar 26 2013 10:58:59 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 27 2013 06:50:29 AM CDT
Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker is writing a memoir titled "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge," which political analysts said indicates Walker is eying a presidential run.

The Sentinel imprint of Penguin Group announced Tuesday that Walker is writing the book with Marc Thiessen, former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush. The book is tentatively scheduled for release late this year.

The publishing company says Walker will detail the reforms he enacted in Wisconsin, including stripping most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining powers, a move that sparked historic protests at the state Capitol in Madison.

The book marks another attempt by Walker to raise his national profile. He has said running for president in 2016 is "an option."

It's an opportunity for the governor to "test the waters," said Ken Mayer, a University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist.

"You write a book, you get your story out, you watch how people react to it, you see the reception it gets," Mayer said.

While Walker may be seriously considering a 2016 bid, he still needs to win re-election in Wisconsin next year and improve his name recognition among voters nationwide, Mayer said.

Walker toured a manufacturing plant in Wausau on Tuesday, afterward answering reporters' questions about the book.

"I had to work pretty hard in the past two years -- twice -- now to be governor," Walker said. "I love being governor, I'm going to keep focusing on being governor. This is just one more way we can talk about what we're doing in Wisconsin."

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