Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dropped out of the 2016 GOP Presidential race this evening, and Walker subtly blasted front runner and real estate mogul Donald Trump in a feisty farewell speech announcing the suspension of his campaign.
Walker says the debate needs to be “refocused” and that a real conservative can rise to the top if candidates join him in exiting the race. He says he was inspired to drop out while at church on Sunday.
According to Talking Points Memo:
“To refocus the debate will require leadership. While I was sitting in church yesterday, the pastor’s words reminded me that the Bible is full of stories about people who were called to be leaders in unusual ways.
Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With that in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.
I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so 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 – ultimately – to the future of our country.”
Walker joins former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the first candidates to drop out of the crowded GOP presidential field.