Scott Walker announced that he will drop out of the 2016 presidential race on Monday.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker suspended his presidential campaign today, ending a bid for the GOP nomination that held serious promise. According to a report from the Washington Post, Walker’s campaign had been in hot water following poor performance in the last two debates among other mishaps. He plans to address reporters at a press conference in Madison, Wisconsin at 5pm CT.
At the beginning of the race, many believed Walker would win favor among republicans for his tough stance on government overreach. Unfortunately for Walker, Donald Trump’s outlier campaign has stolen the spotlight and turned the race into a rhetorical bloodbath before it even began.
Walker was first considered a contender for the Republican nomination in 2011 after he began is first term as Wisconsin governor and implemented a series of labor reforms that caused massive protests across the state. Walker’s cool, calm demeanor in the face of furious teachers and public sector workers made him seem like he had the guts to sit in the Oval Office.
After making repeated appearances on Fox News, Scott Walker won his recall election and was even being considered as a potential vice presidential candidate alongside Mitt Romney in 2012.
Walker has made an unfortunate series of verbal missteps, including issuing a formal correction to something he said at a campaign rally regarding border protection, and has decided that the campaign is simply not worth the effort of continuing. Given the fierce competition in the Republican Party, Walker’s decision to focus on governing the state of Wisconsin may prove to be wise.