Governor Walker Weighs Presidential Endorsement In Near Future

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Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has no plans to endorse a presidential candidate before his state’s primary in the beginning April, but hints he’s siding with two particular Republicans

“If I do anything, maybe it’ll be before the primary which is in the beginning of April, but I think endorsements only make a difference if they’re completely unexpected,” Walker told The Daily Caller last week.

“And I think for the candidates I might be inclined to endorse, nobody would be surprised in that, I haven’t endorsed, [but] I’m probably handily more aligned politically with the two senators — Cruz and Rubio, but I’m not going to make an endorsement one over the other,” he said.

Walker suspended his presidential campaign last September, saying at the time he did so to help unite the anti-Donald Trump vote. He gave remarks to attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday.

Walker kept his focus during his CPAC speech on state elections, as well as defeating the Democratic presidential nominee in November.

“Some of you might be confused and dare I say even upset about what’s happening in the presidential election,” Walker said. “I just want to remind you that no matter what you think about what’s happening in the presidential election, you can’t give up. We need your help in the states. We’re depending on you at the state and at the local level.”

Governor Walker echoed this sentiment later, telling TheDC he plans to help Republican governors and local legislators across the country this election season, while asking voters to cast their ballot for the GOP nominee.

“I think for us, we’re trying to make the case that governors and state lawmakers have done a good job in states all across America — not only have conservatives done well, but our states have done well,” Walker said.

“This was something we tried to get Romney to focus in on four years ago. So whomever the nominee is, were going to make the case in the battleground states—the most compelling message to Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Mexico, and down the line, ‘Hey people you voted for a Republican in 2010 for governor. You voted to re-elect that person again in 2014. Why not elect a Republican for president 2016?’”

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