Coming out of a good CPAC appearance, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker just gave what I can safely call the very worst interview on the life issue I have seen from a Republican in recent memory. Walker’s “Truce” instincts were vividly on display again after his recent alleged pivot.
Wallace: “Do you believe that a woman has a right to end a pregnancy at any point during those nine months?”
Walker: “Well, I think ultimately, I’m pro-life because that’s an unborn child. When I think of the ultra-sound picture that Tonette, my wife, and saw of our first son, who is now going to be 21 this June, it’s indistinguishable not to recognize that’s a human life. That’s why I’m pro-life. My point is, we acted on the grounds that we have legally to be able to act under the Supreme Court’s decision, um, we’ll act that way at the federal level if we were in a position like that as well, but ultimately it is a life.”
Wallace: “But ultimately, it’s her choice?”
Walker: “Well, legally that’s what it is under the guidelines that were provided from the Supreme Court.”
Wallace: “And would you change that law?”
Walker: “Well, that’s not a change you can make. The Supreme Court ultimately made that.”
Claiming you are impotent to act on your core principles is neither true nor wise. What about advocating for a ban on abortions after 20 weeks? That’s a law that has already been passed in 12 states, which the Republican National Committee endorses, and which most of his fellow presumptive Republican presidential candidates also support, Jeb Bush included.
This gaffe is making me wonder whether Walker is ready for prime-time.
Frank Cannon is the president of American Principles in Action.