Wisconsin Gov. Walker: No Degree Required for Presidency

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Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 04:54 PM

By Cathy Burke

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You don’t need a college degree to be president, university dropout and possible GOP White House candidate Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday.

Voters look at a candidate’s record, not his diploma, the Wisconsin executive responded to a question about whether a presidential candidate needs a college degree, CNN reported.

"I got to be governor without it, so I don't think it's any base requirement out there," Walker said. "I don't think I needed a college degree to be in the state assembly or to be county executive or to be governor. I don't know about any other position. But in the end, I think most people, for example [as] governor, judge me based on performance and what we're able to do."

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Walker has a point. Nine presidents never attended college at all: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland and Harry Truman.

The governor attended Milwaukee's Marquette University but left in his senior year to work with the American Red Cross, CNN reported – though now he wants to give it another go.

"Gov. Walker would like to finish his degree through the UW FlexOption, once they expand the degree offerings," his press secretary told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Monday.

"For me, it would not be for any requirement, for example, to be governor as much as it would be ultimately to send a message encouraging others," he said.

Walker, first elected in 2010, in 2012 became the only governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election. The recall effort was triggered by a budget-balancing move that stripped collective bargaining rights from most public unions. 

He’s up for re-election this year, but has refused to commit to serving out a full, four-year term as governor.

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