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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