Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has surged recently in presidential polls as a likely GOP candidate, "punted" when asked on a trade trip to the U.K. questions about his position on evolution, The Washington Post
Reporters, said the Post, were "baffled" after Walker declined to respond to queries about his stance on evolution while making his only public appearance at a Chatham House think tank.
"That' s question that a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or another," Walker said when asked publicly about the issue.
But Walker had a change of heart several hours later, taking to Twitter
to weigh in, the Post said.
"Both science & my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God. I believe faith & science are compatible, & go hand in hand," he tweeted.
He added via Twitter
: "It's unfortunate the media chose to politicize this issue during our trade mission to foster investment in WI."
Walker made the trip to London to deepen his state's business relations with the United Kingdom.
The Wall Street Journal
said the trip offered the likely candidate an opportunity to discuss positions on foreign trade and policy, and perhaps buffet his credibility abroad. But Walker sidestepped those issues as well before a large London crowd hoping to learn more about him.
Instead, while speaking in London, Walker chose to discuss his "Welsh heritage" and the state of economics in Wisconsin. He also met with trade leaders to talk about cheese labeling, making his case after a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron "for letting cheese makers compete without restrictions on geographic names," the Journal said.
Walker said he was unwilling to discuss foreign policy issues on foreign soil out of respect for the president, adding that he was "old-fashioned."
He said he would be happy to have those discussions when he returned to the U.S, the Journal said.
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