Scott Walker Takes His Third Position On The Hottest Issue In The Republican Primary



Presidential candidate’s Scott Walker’s journey to find a position on birthright citizenship, enshrined in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, took another unexpected turn. In less than a week, the Wisconsin governor took his third position on whether America should reconsider babies born on U.S. soil should be automatically deemed citizens.

When George Stephanopoulos asked on ABC’s This Week, “You’re not seeking to repeal or alter the 14th Amendment?” Walker answered, “No, my point is any discussion that goes beyond securing the border and enforcing laws are things that should be a red flag to voters out there who for years have heard lip service from politicians and are understandably angry because they haven’t been committed to following through on promises.”

This is actually the third position Walker has taken on the issue of birthright citizenship, with him telling NBC’s Kasie Hunt on Monday we should “absolutely” rethink the 14th Amendment.

Then Friday he told CNBC’s John Harwood that he wasn’t going to take “a position on it one way or the other” and that he was tired after a three-and-a-half hour press gaggle.

On Sunday, Walker said that position was finally a “no,” but not before trying to evade the question. When Stephanopoulos first broached the question, he said:

Well, George, let me step back for a second and tell you an interesting story. Last month I was in a small town in Iowa called Plainville, I lived there for a while as a kid, and a family came from Waukesha, Wisconsin to confront me. The father in particular was upset I was one of the 25 governors that went to court against the president and I told that father, in a very tense situation with the media all around, including some from ABC News and others, I told that father I felt bad for him and his family. I really do. I feel bad for families like that, but I told them that this president had said I believe some 22 times, 22 times before he did what he did last November that he couldn’t do it. He said that he was the president, not the emperor. That he wasn’t above the law, and then he went out and changed the law by his actions. It took me, and excuse me, 24 other governors to stop him in court. The problem here, we need to address the root problem, the issue which is we need a president who is going to secure the borders, not just give lip service to it like we’ve seen over the past couple of decades. Secure the border and enforce the laws. My point all week has been and continues to be as it was last month until we address those core problems we’re not addressing the real issue and Americans are right to be upset.

When Stephanopoulos pressed him a second time, he said, “Well, I said the law is there and we need to enforce the laws including those that are in the Constitution. My point is having this debate about anything else when we don’t have politicians who are committed to actually securing the border and enforcing the laws which means very simply in our country, e-verify. Making sure every employer ensures that the people working for them are legal to work in this country. That will resolve the problem we’re talking about and that’s what I’ve been talking about.”

It wasn’t until the third time he was asked that Walker finally took a position.


Reprinted with permission from Think Progress, a branch of The Center for American Progress 


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