Scott Walker Drops Out: I Encourage Other Candidates To Do Same In Order To Defeat Trump

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Late Monday afternoon, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) announced he would no longer seek the Republican nominee for the presidency. Walker said he is dropping out to help clear the field and encouraged other candidates to join him in doing so. Walker said the field must be winnowed so the "current frontrunner," Donald Trump, can be challenged effectively.

"People are called to be leaders in unusual ways," Walker said. "Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately. I encourage other Republican presidential candidates in doing the same so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current frontrunner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and more importantly the future of our country."

WALKER: Ronald Reagan was good for America because he was an optimist. Sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America. Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks.

In the end, I believe that the voters want to be for something and not against someone. Instead of talking about how bad things are, we want to hear how we can make them better for everyone. We need to get back to the basics of our party. We are a party that believes people create jobs, not the government. And the best way to grow the economy is to get the government out of the way and build it from the ground up.

We are a party that believes that the way to measure success in government is by how many people are no longer dependent on the government because we ultimately believe in the dignity of work. We are the party that believes that a strong military leads to peace through strength, and that that will protect our children and future generations. That good will ultimately triumph over evil. We are a party that believes in the American people, not the federal government. These ideas will help us win the election next fall, and more important, these ideas will make the country again...

People are called to be leaders in unusual ways. Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately. I encourage other Republican presidential candidates in doing the same so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current frontrunner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and more importantly the future of our country.

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