BELOIT, Wis. - Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Gov. Scott Walker talked politics in a public discussion Thursday night at Beloit College, covering everything from Syria to impeachment to 9/11.
Students from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College Republicans club were first in line to see the event.
“For all of us in the club (politics) is something we want to pursue in the future or something we just want to know more about,” said Bailey Wichert, the club’s treasurer.
Wichert said he’s proud of his school’s and his state’s role in politics, and with Wisconsin being where Cheney got his start, he’s pretty proud of it too.
Standing welcome for @ScottWalker and former VP Dick Cheney at Beloit College. These two will be taking questions from the crowd and addressing executive power, post 9/11 military reaction and national defense. #News3Now pic.twitter.com/ZmOJOuuxlt— Amy Reid (@amyreidreports) October 11, 2019
Walker asked about that and 9/11, then the crowd asked about current events, like an ongoing impeachment inquiry. He avoided voicing support for or against, but said we need to get to the bottom of what happened and soon.
“There is no question of the seriousness of it,” Cheney said. “It is a political issue.”
On climate change, the former oil man said we need to do more, and the impact of our dependence on fossil fuels is clear.
Cheney acknowledges his past work in the oil industry, but says, “I’m very concerned about climate change… I think it’s increasingly obvious there are things happening to our planet because of fossil fuels.” #News3Now— Amy Reid (@amyreidreports) October 11, 2019
When it came to Syria and the decision to remove troops from the border, he was more firm, saying he has a problem with the call.
“(The Kurds) are superb friends and allies of the United States,” Cheney said. “It’s noteworthy for example that they’ve lost some 11,000 of their own fighting alongside Americans and going after ISIS and the radical Islamic groups.”
Cheney’s career in politics was full of different conflicts in the Middle East.
Silent protestors outside the event showed their opposition toward one, the Iraq War, highlighting the death toll of the invasion.
Any demonstrations against Cheney stayed peaceful, and Janesville and Beloit police stayed guard while the event and protests went on.
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