- The Washington Times - Monday, July 20, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday that he “doesn’t know” whether being gay is a choice, insisting he doesn’t need to have an opinion “on every single issue out there.”

“That’s not even an issue for me to be involved in,” Mr. Walker told CNN’s Dana Bash when asked if being gay is a choice.

“The bottom line is, I’m going to stand up and work hard for every American regardless of who they are, no matter where they come from, no matter what their background. I’m going to fight for people and no matter whether they vote for me or not,” he said.

Ms. Bash tried again, saying, “On behalf of people to do that properly you have to understand or at least have an opinion on who they are and where they’re coming from.”

“But again, I think — no,” Mr. Walker responded. “I don’t have an opinion on every single issue out there. I mean to me that’s — I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. So, I’m saying I don’t know what the answer to that is. And I’m going to spend my time focused on things that I do know and I can work on.”

His comments came amid Ms. Bash’s questions about his prior statement on the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay leaders, in which he said the ban “protected children and advanced Scout values.”

He tried to clarify those remarks Sunday by saying he wasn’t talking about physical protection, but about shielding Scouts from “the political and media discussion about it.”

It ultimately “should be left up to the leaders” whether to allow gay Scout leaders, he said.

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