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Gov. Scott Walker speaks at fundraiser in Iowa

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DES MOINES (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker spoke at a Republican fundraiser in Iowa Thursday night, fueling speculation that he's gearing up for a presidential run in 2016.

Walker challenged GOP members to be more optimistic, relevant and courageous. He used an example of his work on entitlement reforms in Wisconsin, which may be unpopular, but work that Walker said will pay off for future generations by making them less dependent on the government.

"When I spoke to my Legislature about my budget laying this out I said it's real simple, a simple concept to remember. You see that's an American principal because in America we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April because in America we value independence from the government not dependence on it," Walker said.

Walker did not address any presidential rumors in his speech, but earlier in the day, the governor said he hasn't given serious consideration to the thought of a run in 2016.

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