Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is planning to support the Republican presidential nominee, even if it’s Donald Trump.
During a stop in West Allis Wednesday, the governor restated that he made promise while he was a candidate in the presidential race to back the eventual nominee – no matter who it might end up being. “I stood on the stage in Cleveland and said that I would support the nominee…I’ve said it repeatedly since then, and I will be supporting the Republican nominee once that’s officially set.”
Walker supported Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Wisconsin’s primary last month, but has gone to great lengths in the past to avoid publicly criticizing Trump. However, when he dropped out of the presidential race himself last fall, he urged other candidates to consider following him so a new front-runner could be named in the race.
Still, the governor said he believes Trump is a better option for Republican voters than potential Democratic nominee “for a variety of reasons,” which include issues such as taxes, business regulations, and filling a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
While some Republicans have been vocal about their dislike for Trump and have said they will not be supporting him, Walker downplayed the potential impact having him at the top of the ticket could have for candidates further down the ballot. “I think, if you look at this state, our voters showed even in the primary we’re fairly independent…so I think voters are going to look clearly at the differences between the candidates.”
Walker said whether he would campaign with Trump, if the presumptive nominee visits Wisconsin again before November, is something he will decide after the national convention this summer.