What’s next for Gov. Scott Walker after bowing out of presidential race?
Walker still has three years to serve as governor of Wisconsin
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has officially thrown in the towel for his White House bid.
Some say they saw it coming, while others say they were blindsided. But either way, it begs the question, what happens next?
While Walker was campaigning to be the Republican presidential nominee, he was still running the state of Wisconsin. Just before he entered the race, he was re-elected and still has three years to serve as governor.
But there are still some questions that need to be answered.
Looking back at Walker’s presidential campaign, he started off fairly strong.
“He was way ahead of the polls as little as a couple of months ago,” said Bill Feehan, chair of the La Crosse County Republican Party.
But whether it was his stand on issues or his performance in the debates, Walker fell in the polls.
“He has turned out to be not as knowledgeable about foreign and domestic affairs,” said Joe Heim, political science professor at UW-La Crosse.
“We knew he was going to have to have a break-through type of performance at the debate and unfortunately it didn’t happen,” said Feehan.
On Monday, Walker decided to leave the field of presidential candidates.
“I will suspend my campaign,” said Walker.
Although Walker wasn’t polling well, he still had supporters. What happens to the money he raised while campaigning?
Feehan said his personal campaign money will be spent.
“They had over 90 people on staff, so those people have to be paid and taken care of and transitioned out of the campaign,” said Feehan.
But Heim said Walker’s PAC money could be given away.
“Technically it’s (the money) not his. It’s the political action committee, so they could give it to other candidates,” said Heim.
Walker may be done on this campaign trail but neither Feehan or Heim are ruling him out for a future on the national stage.
“One day he may run for congress or the United States Senate,” said Feehan.
“I think he can be a VP candidate down the road because he covers a lot of bases,” said Heim.
But in the meantime, Walker is the governor of Wisconsin for the next three years so he will be spending the next couple of months regrouping while leading the state.
“We are going to be focused on continuing to reduce taxes, to help improve the economy, to help people out that work every day by letting them keep a little more of what they earn,” said Feehan.
Feehan said he also thinks Walker was hurt by the format of the debates. He said the debates seem to be more reality TV rather than substance, making it hard for Walker to stand out.
There are still more than a dozen candidates vying for the Republican nomination. The next GOP debate will be hosted by CNBC on Oct. 28 in Colorado.