Governor Walker Drops Out Of Presidential Race

(Wisconsin Radio Network)-Just a little more than two months after officially launching his bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, Governor Scott Walker on Monday suspended his campaign.

Speaking at a downtown Madison hotel, the Wisconsin governor opened by talking about the influence of former President Ronald Reagan on his political career…a theme that’s been common for him on the campaign trail. “President Reagan was good for America because he was an optimist,” Walker said, adding that “sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America. Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks.”

Walker said the party needs to refocus on the basics, and he believes leadership is needed to make that happen. “I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With that in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately,” he said.

While he did not mention GOP frontrunner Donald Trump by name, Walker did make it clear that he hopes his move will encourage others to bow out and allow a more conservative voice to challenge the real estate developer. He said that it is “fundamentally important” that voters have a “positive conservative alternative to the current frontrunner.”

Photo taken by Andrew Beckett, Wisconsin Radio Network.