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Republican Presidential hopeful and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 15th Annual Family Banquet and Presidential Forum held at the Iowa State fairgrounds on September 19, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Republican presidential candidates lined up to praise Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker late Monday after he exited the race for the 2016 nomination.

Hoping to gain the backing of his supporters, donors, and staffers, they heaped plaudits on their one-time rival—in some cases just days after criticizing his record.

Read their responses below:

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

“Scott Walker is a good man who entered the presidential race after winning three grueling campaigns in four years. I know many people are disappointed with Scott’s announcement and I respect what a difficult decision it must have been. He remains one of the best governors in the country and I have no doubt that he’ll continue the fight for conservative principles. Republicans are lucky to have Scott on our team, and I wish the best to him and his family.”

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

“Scott Walker has been one of America’s strongest governors over the past 6 years. From taking on public employee unions to fighting for the most vulnerable, the people of Wisconsin are blessed to have a strong leader in Scott Walker at the helm. I appreciated the opportunity to get to know Governor Walker over the past several months and I wish him and his family the best. I am sure this is not the last we will hear from Governor Walker.”

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