Gov. Walker endorses Cruz for president

Posted at 4:29 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 10:58:44-04

Just one week before Wisconsin heads to the polls, Governor Scott Walker has endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz for President.

"After a lot of thought, lot of time, lot of prayer about this, I just really decided after all these years of the Obama/ Clinton failures, that it’s time that we elect a strong new leader," Walker told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Charlie Sykes. "And I’ve chosen to endorse Ted Cruz to be the next President of the United States, for three simple reasons."

"One, I just fundamentally believe that he is a constitutional conservative. And why that’s important to me, is I know as a governor and talking to other governors across the country, we need a leader in Washington who understands that our founders intended for the power really to be in the states, most importantly in the hands of the people, not concentrated in Washington. Ted Cruz not only believes that, he’s shown he’s willing to act on that. Secondly, I think something really important here in Wisconsin. And that is that we’ve shown, as you well know Charlie, that we know how to take on the big government special interests and really put the power back in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers. That’s something, again, that Ted Cruz has not only talked about in this campaign, I think probably more than just about anybody out there in Washington, he has shown he is not afraid to take on the big government interests, even sometimes when they’re aligned with our own party. And then third, a very practical point. And that is, I just believe, if you look at the facts, if you look at the numbers, that Ted Cruz is in the best position by far to both win the nomination of the Republican party, and to then go on and beat Hillary Clinton in the fall this year.”

Walker says he's "all in" on Cruz, and that his endorsement is not just in an effort to block Trump from the receiving the nomination.

“I wanted to make sure that I was supporting someone, I wasn’t against something or someone," Walker said. "And after a lot of time looking at the speeches, looking at the records, looking at what the candidates not only say, but what they have done in the past, it was an easy call for me to endorse Ted Cruz.”

Walker said he will campaign with Cruz at a number of stops throughout the week, before Wisconsin's primary on April 5.

Donald Trump and John Kasich are also campaigning in the Badger State, as are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side.

For the full conversation with Walker, click in the SoundCloud player above.