Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announces he is withdrawing as a candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is dropping out of the 2016 presidential race he announced on Monday, in a precipitous collapse from serious contender to poor showings in opinion polls. Walker made the announcement at a news conference in Madison, the Wisconsin capital that he will exit the race for the nomination to represent the party in the November 2016 election. His fall was dramatic and swift. He electrified conservatives in Iowa in January by promoting his record in Wisconsin of having beaten back public unions and survived a recall election. When he officially announced his campaign in early July, he was among the leaders for the Republican nomination. But the 47-year-old governor quickly struggled on the campaign trail despite a strong conservative record and a warm personal story as a Harley motorcycle aficionado. Walker's lack of experience on the national stage was apparent. He gave shifting answers to questions about illegal immigration and once suggested a wall between the United States and close ally Canada might be in order, in an apparent effort to double down on rivals' calls for a wall on the Mexican border. In an initial sign of trouble, Walker last week canceled events in California and Michigan to concentrate on Iowa, the key early voting state that shares a border with Wisconsin. Walker is the second Republican to drop out of the race. He follows former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who dropped out on Sept. 11.