Walker: Media Twisted My Words, But I Still Think Ultrasounds Are ‘Pretty Cool’

Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was back on “The Dana Show” on Thursday, this time accusing the media of twisting what he said while defending mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

But the potential 2016 presidential candidate emphasized again that he thinks the ultrasounds are “pretty cool.”

Walker told the radio show’s host, Dana Loesch, that the “biased” media had misconstrued the comments he’d made during a May 22 appearance on her show.

“What they said is not at all — and then, and then you had so many of these left-wing leaning media outlets repeat the same misquote over and over again,” Walker said.

During his May 22 appearance, Walker said ultrasounds were “just a cool thing” while discussing a 2013 law he signed that mandated them for women seeking abortions.

On Thursday’s show, Walker again said ultrasounds were “pretty cool” and noted that he still had his sons’ ultrasounds before recounting times when friends of his had shown him the ultrasounds of their grandkids.

“It’s pretty cool — it’s the wonders of that technology,” he said.

Walker went into more details about the 2013 Wisconsin law.

“I pointed out before I signed the law, I said, ‘Who’s opposed to an ultrasound?’” Walker said. “They tried to claim that there was certain type — no. Our law says that before someone has that procedure, they have to be given access to an ultrasound.”

While the bill Walker signed into law requires an ultrasound, it allows women to choose between a transvaginal or a traditional ultrasound.

“It doesn’t designate which type, so most people would just do the traditional one that people think of all the time,” Walker said. “They haven’t seen it themselves, really most people have seen it on TV or in movies. It’s the very natural, normal kind that people find to be a wonderful image of their unborn child.”

Listen to the audio below, flagged by Right Wing Watch:

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: