Scott Walker: I Don't Know If Obama Loves His Country

'I've never asked him,' says Wisconsin governor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Indiana Mike Pence speaks with the Associated Press during the opening news conference at the National Governors Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.    (Cliff Owen)
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(Newser) – As Rudy Giuliani takes heat for comments questioning President Obama's love for his country, Scott Walker, a leading Republican 2016 contender, says he doesn't know how Obama feels. "You should ask the president what he thinks about America," the Wisconsin governor tells the AP. "I've never asked him, so I don't know." Earlier in the week, the former New York mayor said during a dinner speech, 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 Obama's love of country and urged the potential field of Republican presidential candidates to rebuke Giuliani for his comments. Indiana governor Mike Pence, another possible 2016 candidate, said he didn't think it helps to question the president's patriotism or motives. But Giuliani, Pence said, 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."

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