Scott Walker says he doesn’t know if Obama loves his country

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a leading Republican contender for the White House in 2016, said Saturday he doesn’t know whether President Barack Obama loves his country.

“You should ask the president what he thinks about America,” Walker told The Associated Press while in Washington for a weekend meeting of governors. “I’ve never asked him so I don’t know.”

Earlier in the week, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said at a New York event, with Walker in attendance: “I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.”

Democrats have assailed Giuliani for questioning the Democratic president’s love of country, and they urged the potential field of Republican presidential candidates to rebuke Giuliani for his comments.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, another possible 2016 candidate, said he didn’t think “it helps to question the president’s patriotism or motives.”

Pence said in an interview that Giuliani is “a great American” who is “understandably frustrated with a president who lectures us on the Crusades, but seems incapable of calling radical Islamic violence by name.”

Walker was in the room for Giuliani’s initial comments, but he had declined to weigh in until Saturday.

“Rudy Giuliani is perfectly capable of defending his comments,” Walker said. “I know I love America. I know there are plenty of good Americans, Democrats and Republicans and undecideds who share that same belief.”

Asked about Obama’s patriotism, however, Walker said, “I’m unqualified to make that statement one way or another because I’ve never had that conversation with the president.”

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23 Replies to “Scott Walker says he doesn’t know if Obama loves his country”

  1. There are a lot of things he is unqualified for, but thats never stopped him. He’s riding the fence because he’s afraid. Pence is an ass wipe, but at least he said what he thought his masters wanted to hear.

  2. LOL. If Obama hates America, he’s doing a bad job showing it.
    -Dow over 17,000
    -S&P breaking record after record
    -Consumer confidence through the roof
    -5% growth
    -best year for jobs since 1999
    -health insurance cheaper than ever ($85/month)
    -car insurance cheaper than ever ($25/month from Insurane Panda)
    -the mighty 1% finally starting to be taxed at their fair share
    -gas prices lower than ever
    This is all the while republicans continue to moan about Benghazi, block any and all immigration reform attempts, and take any chance to vote to repeal Obamacare.
    It turns out that Obama is the “adult in the room”, and yes, the Chess Master. HRC will keep it going, any republican will screw it up. Simple as that.

  3. Rudy, Walker and the RW have gone from ” he isn’t one of us”, to “he doesn’t love America”. If he doesn’t love America why did he do or is trying to do, to make sure all Americans have health insurance, raise the minimum wage, equal rights for all Americans, pass an infrastructure bill to get more people work. and lower the unemployment rate, save the automobile industry, improve the education level of all Americans, and lower the deficit, to name a few?

    If he didn’t love America, he wouldn’t have tried to accomplish those things. It’s the Republicans in Congress who don’t love America. They sat on their hands an tried to stop anything that benefit the average American. You don’t love America, if on Ignaugration Day you meet to set a program to be against anything
    Pres. Obama tries to do from day one.

  4. That’s only because the love of country is so foreign to Scott Walker that he can’t even grasp the concept.

  5. Excellent comment! The Republicans have tried and failed miserably to refute our President’s economic accomplishments. They have failed to successfully attack his foreign policy achievements. Come to think of it they have completely failed their mission to bring this President down. President Obama is head and shoulders above the miserable, FAILED Republicans! All they have left is personal attacks and they have utterly failed at those as well.

  6. Let me get this straight. Men that put our debt onto the stratosphere, Republicans, who crashed the economy and housing, did all kind of war crimes and illegal arms deals, brought Cocaine back in military planes and wants cuts to all social programs are America loving patriots. Now the man that stopped us from going down the drain with 59 straight months of positive private sector job growth, stock market and 401Ks at an all time high, helped millions get insurance, wants roads and bridges fixed is somehow some other Muslim person that hates America.

  7. This just hit me… Some of you may remember it, but prophetically in one of its most popular episodes, the Boondocks showed someone using the same exact tactic in a talk show interview with a resurrected Martin Luther King Jr back in 2006.

    Martin Luther King: And so the philosophy of this new political party might be considered extremely leftist by some…
    Talk Show Host: [interrupting] Do you love America?
    Martin Luther King: [confused] I’m sorry?
    Talk Show Host: You sure as hell are, buddy! Why can’t liberals ever answer that question with a simple yes, huh? If you ask me if I love America, I say yes. Why can’t you say yes? Say you love America, right now. Say it!
    Martin Luther King: The party’s basic philosophy is…
    Talk Show Host: [shouting] Say it!
    Martin Luther King: Sir, I will not be…
    Talk Show Host: [shouting] Say it or shut up!
    Talk Show Host: [normal] We’ll be back with more fair and balanced coverage after…
    [Huey hits him with a chair and beats him]

  8. This fucking moron thinks the American people are gonna elect him President? Whoever wins the 2016 version of the clown show will get mopped up by any Democrat.

  9. I have no doubt that President Obama loves this country. What the GOP and Fox addicts do not understand is that, when you love someone or someplace, you do not automatically blind yourself to existing problems or issues. Trying to make improvements, as President Obama has, shows his commitment to the American people and proves his love. Giuliani’s childish statement demonstrates the GOP’s inability to offer anything that will move this country forward. If I wanted to be as immature as Giuliani I would say that the GOP “hates” this country.

  10. Loser Walker doesn’t know jack about anything until Koch Bros. or ALEC tell him.
    He really is a dope afraid to say anything until someone writes it out for him in big letters.

  11. I remember it… first season, right? I have the first season of The Boondocks on DVD.

    What you quoted makes a lot of sense. Many of these people want you to say that you love America, but yet when you put their feet to fire, they turn into cowards and tuck their tails in between.

  12. Has anyone asked Guiliani if he was influenced in his early life by his fathers time in Sing sing, or the family protection rackets, or the wholesale draft dodging of his dad and uncles and himself?

  13. So, the Republicans think the presidential election is going to be about whether or not Barack Obama loves this country or not? I do not think they want to get into a discussion of who has demonstrated more care and concern for the well being of the country and the citizens: President Obama or the Republican Party. That is going to be a most serious error on their part.

  14. These same cowards that scream they love this country, should be asked one question.
    How many deferments have you had? BECAUSE YOU HAD BETTER THIGNS TO DO.

  15. Does Walker know that Giuliani loves his country? Or that Reagan loved his country?

    If “loving one’s country”, means serve big money at the expense of the people, which seems to be what Walker believes in, he can point to their actions. Or maybe they just have to look like real Americans.

  16. if we do not stand up to the rightwing hysteria, they will not stop till they literally erase Obama from the history books.

  17. I would like to ask a lot of Republicans if they love America, doesn’t seem like it from their actions and comments.

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