- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is reaffirming his pledge to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee, saying this week that the 2016 election is now a choice between presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and likely GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Without naming either candidate, Mr. Walker said in a statement posted to his Twitter and Facebook pages Wednesday that “he” is better than “she” is.

“Last August, I said I’d support the GOP nominee. It’s now clear who the RNC delegates will vote to nominate. And he is better than she is,” Mr. Walker said.

Mr. Walker, who endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican primary contest, also told a Wisconsin television station this week he’d be willing to speak at the Republican National Convention later this month in Cleveland.

“As much as there have been legitimate issues raised and concerns, the bottom line is most delegates, I think, are headed down the path that I am, which is that it’s a clear contrast,” Mr. Walker told WKOW. “It’s either going to be Hillary Clinton or it’s going to be Donald Trump and people have to decide who they want it to be.”

“If someone doesn’t cast a vote for the Republican nominee, they are effectively casting a vote for her and that’s part of what I’d be willing to talk about,” Mr. Walker said.

Mr. Walker, a former 2016 GOP presidential candidate himself, joins the ranks of other former GOP rivals of Mr. Trump like retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania in saying, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, that they will support Mr. Trump in the fall.

But there remain some holdouts among the 2016 GOP field who have not yet endorsed Mr. Trump, such as Mr. Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Mr. Trump said at a recent rally that such holdouts should never be allowed to run for public office again because they broke their word.

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