Just a day after refusing to comment on whether President Obama loves America, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he didn’t know where the President stood on the matter because he’d never discussed it with Obama.
“I’ve never asked the President so I don’t really know what his opinions are on that one way or another,” Walker told the newspaper.
The question came following comments by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), who said he believes President Obama doesn’t love America. Giuliani made the comments Wednesday night during a reception for Walker in Manhattan.
Walker also told the paper that, “no,” Giuliani wasn’t out of line with the comments.
“I’ve said repeatedly that (Giuliani) can speak for himself,” Walker said. “The president can defend that.”
When the Journal Sentinel asked Walker directly whether he thought President Obama loved America, Walker said he chose to stay out of it.
“I assume most people in this country love America,” Walker said. “And to me I don’t think it’s worth getting into the battle over whether he does or he doesn’t. He can handle that himself. I know I do.”
“And I know there are great people in this country who love this country and who … feel this country’s exceptional and it doesn’t necessarily align by party,” Walker continued. “I think there are Republicans and Democrats and plenty of people in between. I’ve never asked the President so I don’t really know what his opinions are on that one way or another.”
On Thursday during an appearance on CNBC, Walker said both Giuliani and Obama could speak for themselves on the issue but used the appearance as an opportunity to talk about his love for America.
“I’ll tell you, I love America,” Walker said on CNBC. “There are plenty of people, Democrat, Republican, independent, and in between who love this country. I think we should talk about ways we love this country and that we feel passionately about America.”