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Scott Walker Just Got Asked If He Believes in Evolution. He Punted.

The Wisconsin governor and likely presidential candidate was asked the question in London.

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the podium ahead of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The RNC is scheduled to convene on August 27 and will hold its first full-day session on August 28 as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens disruptions due to its proximity to the Florida peninsula.
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Matt Berman
Feb. 11, 2015, 9:29 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaking at Chatham House in London, was asked Wednesday by a British moderator if he believes in evolution. He chose not to answer.

“I’m going to punt on that one as well,” Walker said after being asked if he was comfortable with the idea of evolution, and if he believes in it. “That’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or the other.”

In a statement later Wednesday obtained by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker said “Both science and my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God” and that “I believe faith and science are compatible, and go hand in hand.”

Walker isn’t the first likely presidential candidate to get potentially tripped up by a question while in the U.K. this month. On February 2, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie found himself in a storm of criticism when he suggested that there should be “balance” in the vaccine debate between parents and the government. The clear lesson here for politicians: be careful when you go to London! Or, alternatively, keep on traveling across the Atlantic to make sure people back home have something to talk about.

This story has been updated to reflect new comments from Scott Walker.

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