Scott Walker in Fox News 2015 GOP primary debate


On Abortion: Use alternatives to protect life of mother; no exceptions

Q: You've consistently said that you want to make abortion illegal even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. You recently signed an abortion law in Wisconsin that does have an exception for the mother's life, but you're on the record as having objected to it. Would you really let a mother die rather than have an abortion, and with 83% of the American public in favor of a life exception, are you too out of the mainstream on this issue to win the general election?

WALKER: Well, I'm pro-life, I've always been pro-life, and I believe that an unborn child can be protected, and there are many other alternatives that can also protect the life of that mother. That's been consistently proven. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who has a radical position in terms of support for Planned Parenthood, I defunded Planned Parenthood more than four years ago, long before any of these videos came out. I've got a position that's in line with everyday America.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Civil Rights: If Black Lives Matter, then train cops better

Q: Many in the Black Live Matter movement, and beyond, believe that overly-aggressive police officers targeting young African Americans is the civil rights issue of our time. Do you agree?

WALKER: I think the most important thing we can do when it comes to policing--it's something you've had a guest on who's a friend of mine, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark, who's talked to me about this many times in the past--it's about training. It's about making sure that law enforcement professionals, not only in the way in to their positions but all the way through their time, have the proper training, particularly when it comes to the use of force. And that we protect and stand up and support those men and women who are doing their jobs in law enforcement. And for the very few that don't, that there are consequences to show that we treat everyone the same here in America.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Foreign Policy: When America leads, we build alliances in Mideast

Q: In February you said that we needed to gain partners in the Arab world. Which Arab country not already in the U.S. led coalition has potential to be our greatest partner?

WALKER: We need to focus on the ones we have. You look at Egypt, probably the best relationship we've had in Israel, at least in my lifetime, incredibly important. You look at the Saudis--in fact, earlier this year, I met with Saudi leaders, and leaders from the United Arab Emirates, and I asked them what's the greatest challenge in the world today? Set aside the Iran deal. They said it's the disengagement of America. We are leading from behind under the Obama-Clinton doctrine--America's a great country. We need to stand up and start leading again, and we need to have allies, not just in Israel, but throughout the Persian Gulf.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Foreign Policy: Every country Hillary Clinton touched has gotten worse

We spent a lot of time talking about Hillary Clinton and pitting us back and forth. Let's be clear, we should be talking about Hillary Clinton on that last subject [of misuse of donations to her foundation], because everywhere in the world that Hillary Clinton touched is more messed up today than before she and the president. It's true.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Immigration: I changed my view to anti-immigration because I listened

Q: From 2002 until as recently as 2013, just two years ago, you supported comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship. Now you say that you've changed your mind. Why?

WALKER: I acknowledged that. I said I actually listened to the American people. And I think people across America want a leader who's actually going to listen to them. I talked to border state governors and other elected officials. I look at how this president messed up the immigration system in this country. Most importantly, I listened to the people of America. I believe we need to secure the border. I've been to the border with Governor Abbott in Texas and others, seeing the problems that they have there. There is international criminal organizations penetrating our southern based borders, and we need to do something about it. Secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with the legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Jobs: Unemployment dropped in my term from 8% to 4%

Q: When you ran for governor of Wisconsin back in 2010, you promised that you would create 250,000 jobs in your first term of four years. In fact, Wisconsin added barely half that and ranked 35th in the country in job growth. Now you're running for president, and you're promising an economic plan in which everyone will earn a piece of the American dream.

WALKER: Well, the voters in Wisconsin elected me last year for the third time because they wanted someone who aimed high, not aimed low. Before I came in, the unemployment rate was over eight percent. It's now down to 4.6 percent. We've more than made up for the jobs that were lost during the recession. And the rate in which people are working is almost five points higher than it is nationally. You know, people like Hillary Clinton think you grow the economy by growing Washington. [But] one of the best things we can do is get the government out of the way. That's what I'll do as president, just like I did in Wisconsin.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Principles & Values: I ran for office because I was worried about my kids' future

I'm guy with a wife and two kids, and a Harley. One article called me "aggressively normal."

I ran for governor because I was worried about my kids' future. Then, I took on the big government union bosses, and we won. They tried to recall me, and we won. They targeted us again, and we won.

We balanced the budget, cut taxes, and turned our state around with big, bold reforms.

It wasn't too late for Wisconsin, and it's not too late for America.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On War & Peace: Undo Iran nuclear deal on Day One; keep sanctions instead

Q: You've said that you would tear up the Iran deal on day one. If this deal is undone, what then?

WALKER: Well, I still remember, as a kid, tying a yellow ribbon around a tree in front of my house during the 444 days that Iran held 52 Americans hostage. Iran is not a place we should be doing business with. To me, you terminate the deal on day one, you reinstate the sanctions authorized by Congress, you go to Congress and put in place even more crippling sanctions in place, and then you convince our allies to do the same. This is not just bad with Iran, this is bad with ISIS. It is tied together, and, once and for all, we need a leader who's gonna stand up and do something about it. It's yet another example of the failed foreign policy of the Obama-Clinton doctrine.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On War & Peace: Send weapons to Ukraine; & missile defense to Poland

Q: Have Russia and China committed cyber war?

WALKER: For the cyber attack with Russia the other day, it's sad to think right now, but probably the Russian & Chinese government know more about Hillary Clinton's e-mail server than do the members of the United States Congress.

Q: What would you do if Russian President Vladimir Putin started a campaign to destabilize NATO allies Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, mirroring the actions Putin took in the early days of Ukraine?

WALKER: Putin believes in the old Lenin adage: you probe with bayonets. When you find mush, you push. When you find steel, you stop. Under Obama and Clinton, we found a lot of mush over the last two years. We need to have a national security that puts steel in front of our enemies. I would send weapons to Ukraine. I would work with NATO to put forces on the eastern border of Poland and the Baltic nations, and I would reinstate, put in place back in the missile defense system that we had in Poland and in the Czech Republic.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

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