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Right Wing News reporter: Scott Walker didn’t say he voted for Reagan

By David Ferguson
Monday, February 10, 2014 11:50 EDT
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Gov Scott Walker on the spot
 
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In an interview with the website RightWingNews.com, Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker (R) claimed that as a young Republican, he voted for former President Ronald Reagan. Walker was promoting his new book, Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.

Right Wing News’ John Hawkins asked the governor about his view of what went wrong with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R)’s presidential campaign. Walker replied that Romney’s mistake was to make his whole campaign a referendum on President Barack Obama.

Ronald Reagan, Walker said, ran on more than just defeating President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Reagan’s campaign, he said, was “aspirational.”

“I remember, I was a teenager, had just become a teenager and voted for Ronald Reagan — limited government, you know, smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense,” Walker said.

“You knew what you were getting. You knew how a Reagan administration, a Reagan presidency was going to be better for you,” he claimed.

However, as Blogging Blue pointed out, Walker is 46 years old, born on Nov. 2, 1967. On Election Day of 1980, he was 13 years old and in 1984, he was just 17 and not old enough to legally vote.

UPDATE: On Monday afternoon, John Hawkins of Right Wing News issued a statement saying that he misquoted Walker due to a transcription error.

According to Hawkins, Walker did not say “I remember, I was a teenager, had just become a teenager and voted for Ronald Reagan — limited government, you know, smaller government,” but rather “I remember, I was a teenager, had just become a teenager and a vote for Ronald Reagan meant limited government, you know, smaller government, etc.”

According to Hawkins, “I went back and listened to the audio. It’s a little hard to hear at that point and unfortunately, my transcriptionist made an error.”

“All I can do at this point is apologize for the error,” he concluded. “This was our mistake and it was very unfair to Scott Walker who is catching flack because of an honest error on our part.”

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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