Former Gov.-elect Scott Walker says he’s tired of having to “tell you how to vote” because he thinks the current political climate is too polarized.
“It’s just not the way we want to operate,” Walker told the Values Voters Summit, which was held Friday in Washington, D.C. “We’re not going to get anywhere, not in our lifetime, if we’re divided, not by who we elect.
We’re going to have to have a true division of powers in the country.”
The Wisconsin governor, who is seeking a third term, says he believes “that there’s a lot of things wrong with our country that I can’t be happy with.”
Walker says his focus in the next few months is going to be on getting the country back on track.
“I’m going to talk about the issues that matter, that I think will make us stronger and that will make our country stronger,” he said.
Walker, who served in the state legislature from 2011 to 2016, says the GOP’s failure to pass a budget in the last two years has made his job more difficult.
“For me, this is not a partisan issue,” he told the gathering.
“This is a political issue.”
Walker also noted that the country is on the verge of a new “big problem” for Republicans, namely “a huge deficit.”
“We can’t afford to have another trillion dollars of new debt.
We’ve got to start thinking about ways to make sure we’re not in that situation again,” he added.
Walker says if he’s elected, he plans to work to get the country’s debt under control by 2019.
“The country’s been in a big, big hole for a long time, and we’ve got a lot to do with that,” he warned.
The former governor also expressed optimism for a future in which he can help the Republican Party.
“If you look at where our party is, the Republican party is in very good shape,” he says.
“And I think the next four years will be a really exciting time in terms of how we shape the country and the direction that we go.”