The Wisconsin governor announced his decision to support Cruz in an interview on Milwaukee radio station, Newsradio 620 WTMJ, and said that he would campaign with Cruz at “a number of stops.”
“He’s got an excellent tax plan. He’s got a strong, strong record like [Ronald] Reagan did, as far as a plan to rebuild our military,” Walker said.
“He stays firm, he sticks to his guns, he’s been pushed many times over not only by the left, but sometimes by his own party but he’s stayed true to what he believes,” Walker said of Cruz.
Walker, who has been critical of Trump, said today, “I wanted to make sure I was supporting someone, not against something or against someone.”
Trump tweeted Monday afternoon, “After the way I beat Gov. Scott Walker (and Jeb, Rand, Marco and all others) in the Presidential Primaries, no way he would ever endorse me!”
The Wisconsin governor dropped out of the 2016 presidential race in September, after a mere 71 days of campaigning. In his speech announcing the suspension of his campaign, Walker encouraged other Republican candidates to drop out at the time when the Republican field had 16 contenders (Rick Perry dropped out before Walker).
In an interview on “This Week” in November 2013, Walker said that while Cruz is a good guy, the 2016 Republican nominee needs to be “somebody who is viewed as being exceptionally removed from Washington.”
“I think it's got to be an outsider,” Walker told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. “I think both the presidential, vice presidential nominees should either be a former or current governor, people who have done successful things in their states, who have taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward.”