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Monday, September 21, 2015

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Walker says he's dropping out so positive alternative to Trump can emerge

Gov. Scott Walker said today he is suspending his presidential campaign so a positive conservative alternative can emerge to billionaire businessman Donald Trump.

Walker did not mention Trump by name while making the announcement at the Edgewater Hotel in downtown Madison. But he bemoaned a GOP presidential primary that is not focused on the optimism of Ronald Reagan, but personal attacks.

“Today I believe I am being called to lead by clearing the field in this race so a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field,” Walker said.

He encouraged other candidates to consider doing the same so voters can focus on a smaller pool of candidates "who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current front-runner."

Walker opened his remarks by sending his sympathies to the family of state Supreme Court Justice Pat Crooks, who died today at the state Capitol. Walker then read a brief statement before leaving without taking questions.

Those who have opposed Walker had a small presence both during his speech and outside of the Edgewater. One person clapped when he said he is suspending his campaign, and about 50 protesters waited for him outside, holding signs and singing protest songs.

In his announcement, Walker said he believes the American people want to hear about how to make things better rather than how bad things are.

"In the end, I believe that the voters want to be for something," Walker said, "and not against someone."

The guv said the Republican Party needs to get back to the basics. That includes peace through military strength, the belief that people create jobs and the understanding that success is based on how many people no longer rely on the federal government.

"These ideas will help us win the election next fall," Walker said, "and, more importantly, these ideas will make our country great again."

But achieving those goals will require leadership, he said. And while listening to his pastor in church Sunday, Walker said, he thought about how the Bible is filled with stories of people being called to lead in unusual ways.

The guv touched on religion again when he closed his speech.

"I want to thank God for his abundant grace," Walker said. "Win or lose, it has always been more than enough."

Listen to Walker's speech here.

-- By Staff


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