MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t officially announced that he’s running for president, but he continues to send strong signals that a candidacy is inevitable.

Walker was asked Thursday in Milwaukee about polls showing him at or near the top of a crowded Republican field of potential presidential candidates. Walker says, “I like the fact that people are paying attention” to what he has to say.

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Walker also says “there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs along the way” and he would “rather be ahead than behind.” But he adds there is a long time before any ballots are cast in early caucus and primary states.

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Walker repeated the well-used line by those running for office that “The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day.”

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