By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Monday, September 21, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) announced in a statement that he was suspending his Presidential campaign.
Walker told reporters, “I will suspend my campaign immediately.”
Governor Walker said, “As a kid, I was drawn to Ronald Reagan because he was a Republican and a conservative, but most of all I admired him because of his eternal optimism in the American people. That thought came into my head while we were on stage at the Reagan Library last week. Ronald Reagan was good for America because he was an optimist. Sadly the debate taking place in the Republican Party today is not focused on that optimistic view of American. Instead it has drifted into personal attacks.”
Walker said, “The voters want to be for something and not against someone. Instead of hearing how bad things are we want to hear how we can make them better for everyone. We need to get back to the basics of our party. We are a party that believes that people create jobs not the government. We are a party that believes the best way to grow jobs is to get the government out of the way and build it from the ground up. We are a party that believes that the way to best measurement of success of the government is how many people are no longer dependent on the government because we ultimately believe in the dignity of work.”
Governor Walker said, “We are the party that believes a strong military leads to peace through strength and that will protect our children and future generations. We are a party that believes in the American people and not the federal government. These ideas will help our party win next fall. More importantly these ideas will make our country great again. To refocus the debate on these kinds of ideas will require leadership.”
“Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in mind I will suspend my campaign immediately. I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current front-runner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and more importantly to the future of the country,” Walker said.
Gov. Walker announced just a few short weeks ago at the Alabama Republican Summer Luncheon that Alabama Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) would head his campaign team in Alabama. Senator Reed said in a press conference, “Governor Scott Walker is a good and honorable man – a positive, conservative reformer who transformed Wisconsin and could have changed Washington in a positive way. I am proud to have supported his campaign and look forward to backing a proven conservative for 2016.”
Governor Scott Walker follows Texas Governor Rick Perry out of the race. New York City businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and famed author and neurosurgeon Ben Carson currently lead the field of fifteen Republicans vying for the GOP Presidential nomination.
Walker had hoped that Iowa where he grew up would embrace him as a native son, that never happened and two poor national debate performances led to him dropping to less than one percent support in national polls after being one of the frontrunners just a few months ago.