- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took a few shots at the press Monday, dinging reporters for a focus on “gotcha moments” he says are of little import to regular Americans.

“You’ve seen in the media a lot of talk over the last few days about these self-made, gotcha moments from the media,” Mr. Walker said at a meeting of the National Religious Broadcasters, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“And they want to talk about things that I don’t think most Americans want to talk about. Our commitment is going forward - we’re going to talk about the things that matter to everyday Americans, and we’ll leave the nonsense to the media aside.”

Over the weekend, Mr. Walker told the Washington Post he wasn’t sure whether President Obama was a Christian, as he hadn’t asked him or read about it. A Walker spokeswoman later followed up by telling the paper that “of course” Mr. Walker thinks Mr. Obama is a Christian, and that he thinks those kinds of questions distract from what he’s trying to do as governor.

At a recent overseas trip in London, Mr. Walker also declined to weigh in when asked about the theory of evolution, later following up on Twitter: “Both science & my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God. I believe faith & science are compatible, & go hand in hand.”

“It’s unfortunate the media chose to politicize this issue during our trade mission to foster investment in WI,” he added.

Mr. Walker, who is weighing a bid for the presidency, also pledged that he wouldn’t delve into “what’s wrong with our primary opponents or what’s wrong with our general election opponent.”

But he did talk about his humble upbringing, as he prepares to possibly take on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the son and brother of two former U.S. presidents, and former Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“I didn’t inherit fame or fortune from my family,” Mr. Walker said. “I’ve got a bunch of things that are a whole lot better. I got from my parents and my grandparents a belief that if you work hard and you play by the rules, here in America you can do and be anything you want.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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