Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker praised South Carolina – from its people to its barbecue – and conservative pollster and commentator Frank Luntz urged S.C. delegates to campaign in swing-state North Carolina if they want to win the White House.
Walker and Luntz spoke Tuesday at the breakfast for the S.C. delegation to the Republican National Convention.
Walker said he’s doing the RNC breakfast circuit, vising early primary states like Iowa and South Carolina, because he wants to see the people, who were the best part of his 2016 presidential run.
Walker praised S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley for her efforts to move people from welfare to work and struck similar notes as he did while campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.
Walker said Donald Trump was not his first choice for president. “I was.”
After he exited the race, Walker endorsed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
But the governor, who will take the stage during the RNC convention, said Republicans have a clear choice and need to keep Hillary Clinton from winning the White House.
We're going to talk about why America deserves better, better than we've gotten with this president, better than we'll get out of Hillary Clinton,” he said.
As he left the breakfast, Walker told reporters that his eyes are set on 2018 and his re-election campaign.
Luntz had S.C. delegates laughing with his jokes poking fun at presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her challenger, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
“My goal was to be the secretary of agriculture in the Sanders administration because I wanted to be the one to plant those magic trees that free stuff grows from,” he said.
On Clinton, Luntz said he has a bumper sticker on his car that reads “Run, Hillary, Run” – but its on his front bumper, he joked.
If S.C. Republicans are unwilling to go to North Carolina to campaign for Trump, “This country is going to have a real, real challenge,” Luntz said.
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