How relevant is a politicians views on religion or science? Some question whether personal views are a matter of personal opinion, or a significant factor in a leader's ability.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) spoke at the Chatham House foreign policy think tank in London on Wednesday. The host asked Walker, "Are you comfortable with the idea of evolution?
Walker tap danced around the question. "That's a question politicians shouldn't be involved in one way or another. I am going to leave that up to you. I'm here to talk about trade, not to pontificate about evolution," he said.
When the host pressed him for an answer, he switched subjects by saying, "I love the evolution of trade in Wisconsin."
Walker followed up on Twitter with the brief comment: "Both science & my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God. I believe faith & science are compatible, & go hand in hand."
Republicans have come to Walker's defense, saying the question was out of bounds and personal. Democrats have not been so forgiving. A Democratic National Committee spokesperson said, ""For someone who went to London to build his street cred as a serious leader all Walker showed today was the same ducking and dodging Wisconsinites know all too well and that we’ve come to expect from the 2016 GOP field, whose policy positions are just too divisive to share. Would’ve been a lot simpler to just stay home.”
Walker seems to be walking a fine line, trying not to offend voters on either side of the religion vs. science debates. With fancy footing like that, he might have a future on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ should politics not pan out for him.
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