Scott Walker Endorses Ted Cruz

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker endorsed Ted Cruz on Charlie Sykes' radio show early Tuesday morning. The endorsement came as little surprise, as Walker had told Sykes that his endorsement would come "after Easter, when it would have the maximum impact." Nevertheless, Walker's effusive praise of Cruz as a true conservative, and his pledge to campaign with the Texas senator is remarkable. The Wisconsin Republican primary is next Tuesday, April 5.

While he announced his endorsement on Newsradio 620 WTMJ, Walker released a statement supporting Cruz:

After eight years of the failed Obama-Clinton Administration, Americans are looking for real leadership and a new direction. Ted Cruz is a principled constitutional conservative who understands that power belongs to the states – and to the people – and not bureaucrats in Washington.

Just like we did in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz is not afraid to challenge the status quo and to stand up against big government special interests. He is the best-positioned candidate to both win the Republican nomination and defeat Hillary Clinton. That's why I endorse Ted Cruz for President of the United States.

Walker also proclaimed his support on Twitter.

In previous comments, however, Walker said that Cruz might not be the best candidate if the race moves to a contested convention in July in Cleveland, Ohio. "I think if it's an open convention, it's very likely it would be someone who's not currently running," he said, perhaps stoking hopes among former supporters that Walker himself could still emerge as the nominee. Walker entered the race last year with high favorable numbers and a great deal of support, but fell behind quickly with the rise of Donald Trump. There are also signs that his campaign was poorly run and that his mind was split between governing Wisconsin and running for president. Whatever the rumors may be, Walker emphasized his support of Cruz as the best candidate, not only to defeat Trump in the primary, but also to best Hillary Clinton in the general election.