Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, the Wisconsin governor initially demurred when interviewer Jonathan Karl asked if he’d rule out a “full-blown U.S. re-invasion of Iraq and Syria.”

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Probable Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says he wouldn’t rule out a full-scale American re-invasion of Iraq “if the national interests of this country are at stake.”

Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, the Wisconsin governor initially demurred when interviewer Jonathan Karl asked if he’d rule out a “full-blown U.S. re-invasion of Iraq and Syria.”

“I don’t think we should ever send a message to our foes as to how far we’re willing to go,” Walker said.

He doesn’t think it’s necessary to send U.S. troops now, he said, but he “would not rule out boots on the ground.” He made a similar comment in February, saying he “wouldn’t rule anything out,” including sending U.S. ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State militant group, as commander-in-chief.

Asked again if he’d be open to launching a full-scale re- invasion of Iraq, Walker kept that option open.

“If the national interests of this country are at stake, here at risk in this country or abroad, that’s to me the standard of what we do for military engagement,” he said.

Walker said in a statement last month that “knowing what we know now, we should not have gone into Iraq” in 2003, and accused President Barack Obama of making the situation there worse.

In the ABC interview, Walker also said he would support a constitutional amendment to affirm that states can prohibit same-sex marriage if the Supreme Court legalizes it this month. He described former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as a formidable rival in the Republican primary because he’s “going to have more money than just about all of us combined.”

Clinton voter-law plan draws GOP ire

WASHINGTON — After being the focus of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s criticism of voter registration laws, Republicans shot back on Sunday, lambasting the former secretary of State and front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination as out of touch with states’ rights.

“She doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “In New Jersey, we have early voting.”

In a speech last week, Clinton castigated Christie, former Govs. Jeb Bush of Florida and Rick Perry of Texas, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for “deliberately” seeking to disenfranchise voters throughout the nation with laws that make it harder to cast ballots.

Christie, who will decide this month if he will run for the Republican presidential nomination, vetoed a Democratic bill in 2013 that would have expanded in-person early voting in the state.

Speaking on “Face the Nation,” Christie said he doesn’t want to expand early voting and “increase the opportunities for fraud.”

“And maybe that’s what Mrs. Clinton wants to do. I don’t know. But the fact is that the folks in New Jersey have plenty of an opportunity to vote,” he said.

Perry, who last week announced his second bid for the Republican nomination, dismissed Clinton’s comments as “ridiculous.”

“It’s way outside the norm of ridiculous, if you want to know the truth of the matter, to call out the people of the state of Texas, because that’s what she did,” Perry said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

In Texas, Perry signed into law a measure that requires the state’s estimated 14 million registered voters to show photo identification to cast a ballot. The law, which has faced several legal battles, was allowed to take effect last fall by the Supreme Court.

Republican-led legislatures have in recent years passed measures, including voter-identification requirements and time restrictions imposed on early voting, which have been widely criticized by Democrats as moves to disenfranchise minority voters.

Clinton, in her Houston speech, called for automatic voter registration, which would register every American citizen at 18 — similar to a recently passed state law in Oregon.

Moreover, she called on the Republican-led Congress to reinstate a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that had required states with a historic pattern of restricting minorities from voting to get federal approval before making changes to election laws. The Supreme Court in 2013 struck down the provision.

“I think this would have a profound impact on our elections and our democracy,” she said.

Christie would enforce federal pot laws

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’d revive enforcement of federal marijuana law in states that have legalized recreational use of the drug if he were president.

And he says if that position causes him political trouble in battleground Colorado, so be it. He says he won’t pander to voters or hide his positions for political expediency.

Federal and some state laws on marijuana are in conflict. But the federal government has adopted a hands-off approach to states with lenient marijuana laws. The Justice Department has told such states that it won’t challenge their laws so long as marijuana is tightly regulated. Colorado is one of them.

Christie spoke Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” He says he’ll decide this month whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Lindsey Graham welcomes Jenner

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential contender Lindsey Graham says his party has room for transgender people like Caitlyn Jenner.

The South Carolina senator calls himself a “traditional marriage kind of guy.” But he says he “can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through” before becoming a transgender woman. He hopes that, now, she’s “found peace.”

The underdog Republican candidate is campaigning on the need to counter threats from terrorists and Islamic State militants. He shares the opposition to same-sex marriage expressed by his rivals but says the Supreme Court is settling that question.

Graham says if Jenner wants to be a Republican, she’s welcome. And he says if she wants a safe country and a strong economy, she should vote for him.

Sanders says he’llbeat Clinton in N.H.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders boldly predicted Saturday that he would beat Democratic presidential rival and heavy favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, expected to be in early February.

“Let me tell you a secret: we’re going to win New Hampshire,” Sanders told upward of 1,000 supporters gathered in Keene, N.H., the Keene Sentinelreported.

Sanders, 73, has drawn large crowds as he campaigns across Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton, meanwhile, has continued her low-key “listening tour” before a June 13 campaign event at New York’s Roosevelt Island that is expected to kick off a more outgoing phase of her quest for the White House.

A Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm poll in May found Clinton leading Sanders in New Hampshire by a margin of 62-18 percent, but Sanders’ support has grown as he continues to deliver a populist message on the campaign trail.

“In my view, the issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time,” Sanders said Saturday.

While Sanders didn’t mention Clinton by name in his stump speech, he was asked by a reporter afterward whether the former secretary of state’s lack of a concrete position on the Trans- Pacific Partnership, a potential trade deal involving the U.S. and much of the Pacific Rim, was hurting her campaign. On Sanders’ Senate website he calls the TPP “disastrous.”

“Call her up and ask her,” Sanders said. “I’m against it.”