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08/19/2013 11:31 am ET

Scott Walker: State Republicans Are 'More Optimistic Than Our Friends In Washington' (VIDEO)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) had some tough words for D.C. Republicans on Monday.

In an interview with MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Walker sized up some differences between what's happening to the GOP at the state and national levels. He credited states for being "more optimistic than our friends in Washington."

“I think most Americans, even if they don’t like the size and scope of government, they still want something to work,” Walker added. “That’s the difference between Washington and Republicans at the state level. We may as Republicans want less government, but we want the government we have to work.”

Earlier this month, the nation's governors warned Washington against aggravating an already tight fiscal situation. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R), who also serves as National Governor's Association Chair, led the charge.

"When there's uncertainty in Washington, D.C., that uncertainty can affect our economic climate and revenue growth," Fallin said.

Walker may be mounting a run to change the climate at the national level. The 45-year-old governor has spent time in Iowa this year, stoking speculation for a 2016 presidential run. But for the time being, he says he's focused on serving Wisconsin.

"I love being governor," said Walker back in May, according to the Associated Press. "I've had to work hard for it. I'm focused on being governor, and I'm going to continue to be governor as long as the people of the state want me to be governor."

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