Governor Walker Suspends Campaign to Run for President
Posted: September 25, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's surprise announcement this week that he was suspending his campaign to run for President of the United States should be applauded. It was the right move by our governor to step out of the race since his poll numbers have been dropping over the past few months.
However, since Governor Walker has not spent much time in Wisconsin since he started his run for the White House, it's not surprising that his job approval rating among Wisconsin voters is at 38 percent - an all-time low.
It was obvious to me that Walker was frustrated with national politics as I watched last week's Republican Presidential debate. Walker was only allotted a total of eight minutes to speak, and Donald Trump spoke for a total of more than 16 minutes. That's probably why Walker noted during his news conference that other Republican candidates should also step aside in the race for the White House when he stated that others in the contest should "offer a positive conservative alternative" to the front-runner, Donald Trump.
In my opinion, even though Walker's credibility with the Republican Party was once at an all-time high, he struggled to grasp the foreign policy and immigration issues. Despite his efforts in Wisconsin to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require voters to provide photo identification and make the Badger State a right-to-work state, the governor never seemed to embrace the nation's problems.
Since Walker is still young, he may try again for the White House. He would not be the first politician to run for president again. Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Sr., and Mitt Romney all gave it another try, two of them with success on the second attempt.
However, now is the time for Governor Walker to continue his reforms in Wisconsin. High taxes and intrusive regulations are issues that need to be addressed. He has three more years to serve as governor, so hopefully he can mend fences within the state's Republican Party and show the nation how to do true reform.
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