Governor Scott Walker started the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland with a visit to Iowa delegates.
Speaking at the delegation’s breakfast Monday morning, Walker stressed that, while Donald Trump was not his first pick to be the Republican presidential nominee, he is still a better choice than presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “It is clear that whether Donald Trump was your first choice or your second choice or your seventeenth choice, I hope you understand that Donald Trump is better,” Walker said.
Walker noted that he pledged to support the nominee last August, when he was still in the presidential race himself. “I didn’t have my fingers crossed behind my back.”
AUDIO: Walker speaks to Iowa delegates at RNC (16:39)
Walker also pointed out that Indiana Governor Mike Pence, named last week as Trump’s running mate, is a “first class guy” and that his selection “improved” his opinion of Donald Trump. “Mike Pence is a Midwesterner through and through,” Walker said. “He is exactly the kind of leader that we need to make sure that when Donald Trump is the next president and Mike Pence is the next vice president, he will make it clear that those good, sound Midwestern values are reflected in this administration going forward.”
Walker is expected to address the full convention later this week.
Contributed by O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa