Leahy: Wall At U.S.-Canada Border ‘One Of The Craziest’ Ideas This Cycle

August 31, 2015 2:19 pm

Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) on Monday blasted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) Sunday comment that a wall between the U.S. and Canada is a “legitimate issue” that should be considered.

“As someone who was born and raised not too far from the Canadian Border, I could not believe Governor Walker’s statement. Election season always brings out crazy ideas, but this is one of the craziest,” Leahy said in a Monday statement.

Although he called Walker’s remark “crazy,” Leahy said he wasn’t surprised that Walker made the suggestion.

“Governor Walker simply must be unaware of the economic prosperity that commerce across the northern border brings to the United States. Those of us who represent states that share a border with Canada know better,” he said. “It is disappointing but not surprising that yet another Republican presidential candidate is using the border to score cheap political points.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) also criticized Walker’s suggestion during a Monday interview on Boston Herald Radio, calling it a “pretty dumb idea.”

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