Walker, Burke, Ryan record 'ice bucket challenges'

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Associated Press, staff | August 18, 2014

MILWAUKEE  — Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke are among the latest big names to take the "ice bucket challenge," in which people dowse themselves with freezing water to help raise awareness of Lou Gehrig's disease.

Countless athletes, celebrities, politicians and regular folks have taken the viral challenge. Once they do, they're entitled to extend the challenge to others. Those who are challenged can step up and accept or else donate money to the ALS Foundation.

Walker posted a video on his Facebook page Thursday that showed himself and his wife, Tonette, getting a tub of ice water dumped on them. He tells the camera he's accepting the challenge because it's for a good cause, and then braces himself as he gets drenched.

Then he stands and challenges three other high-ranking Republicans: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Ryan.

"Reince Priebus, Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan, you're next up," he says with a wide smile. "Do you accept the challenge? You got 24 hours."

Johnson didn't waste time stepping up to the challenge. On Friday he tweeted a video showing him standing by a river, and he says he's camping in the Utah mountains.

Then he fills a coffeepot with stream water and douses himself, leaving him gasping as his gray T-shirt gets soaked.

Priebus tweeted a video in which someone pours water on him and then he jumps into a lake.

A Ryan spokesman initially said the congressman would pass on the challenge, but would donate $100 to charity.

On Saturday afternoon a video posted to his Facebook page showed Ryan's daughter pouring a bucket of ice water on him. Ryan says he also donated to the ALS Foundation, which launched the challenge.

Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke posted her "ice bucket challenge" video Saturday as well, challenging journalist and political analyst Mike Gousha, Mike Crute, co-host of Devil's Advocate Radio, and Mark Belling, conservative radio talk show host.

The ALS foundation reports raising more than $11 million since July 29 because of challenges.

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