Walker dodges question of whether he needs degree

Walker asked about need for degree for possible presidential run
Walker dodges question of whether he needs degree

Gov. Scott Walker is dodging the question of whether he needs a college degree in order to run for president.

During an event on Wednesday he would like to finish his course work to earn a degree through the new flexible option program at the University of Wisconsin. But Walker says he won’t pursue that until it has courses that fit areas he studied, like political science.

When Walker left Marquette University in 1990 he was 34 credit hours short of completing his degree.

Much has been made about his lack of a degree as he considers a run for president in 2016.

Walker said he doesn’t believe he needs the college degree to consider a presidential run, citing his work in the Assembly, Milwaukee County and the Governor’s Office. He said he believes he would be judged on his accomplishments.

“I just think it would be a good thing,” he said. “This is a way to encourage other adults who may have had similar situations to me where you know they went through a good chunk of their college career and had an opportunity to get a job or needed to get a job and then didn’t have the time to because of the work and eventually family to go back.”

Walker spoke at an event at Elm Lawn Elementary School in Middleton.