Now that Donald Trump has secured the Republican presidential nomination, Governor Scott Walker will be among those urging voters to back him this November.
Walker is set to deliver a speech tonight at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The governor says he plans to talk about his support for Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. He says it’s also an opportunity to “show Americans what Republicans stand for.”
The Republican Walker dropped out of the presidential race last fall and, while he didn’t mention Trump by name at the time, he did urge other candidates to consider clearing the field so a conservative voice could lead the ticket. Walker endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz ahead of Wisconsin’s primary in April, although he often declined to criticize Trump leading up to that election.
AUDIO: Gov. Walker talks about his convetion speech (:28)
“The voters, through the primary and caucus processes, selected someone…other than me and other than the candidate I endorsed,” Walker says. “I feel today, just as I did then, that Donald Trump is a much better alternative to Hillary Clinton.”
Criticism of Clinton is also expected to be a major thrust of Walker’s speech, which the governor says will focus in on the recent decision by the FBI not to recommend criminal charges against the former Secretary of State for keeping classified emails on a private server. “She would not be able to access classified information if she was anyone in America other than the likely Democratic nominee,” Walker argues. “I think that alone should disqualify her from being president of the United States…I think that should disqualify her.”
Walker is expected to speak at the RNC after about nine this evening.