Scott Walker Says He's Not Getting Bogged Down by Social Issues

The Wisconsin governor has faced repeated questions about his stance on the Boy Scouts policy on allowing gay troop leaders.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appears in Amherst, New Hampshire, on July 16, 2015.

Photographer: John McCormick/Bloomberg

After being questioned two days straight about his views on gay Boy Scout leaders, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Thursday that his newly minted Republican presidential campaign isn't getting bogged down on controversial social issues.

"Those aren't what I'm running on," Walker told reporters after an event at a diner in Amherst, New Hampshire. "It's just the unique thing that people are surprised about is, I actually answer questions."

On Tuesday and Wednesday, reporters asked Walker about comments he'd made about his opposition to a resolution unanimously approved by the executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America this week that would end a ban on gay adult leaders.

Initially, he'd stated that the earlier policy "protected children," but after facing criticism from gay rights groups, Walker clarified his remarks and suggested he wanted scouts to be protected from "political and media controversy.”

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Walker is trying to balance his desire to woo social conservatives in Iowa, while still stressing an economic-based message that plays better in New Hampshire.

"I fight and win on economic and fiscal issues," he said. "I'm a social conservative as well. But my primary reputation comes from my work on economic and fiscal issues. As president, that's where I'd focus."

Still, Walker said he intends to answer whatever questions he's asked.

"I'm applying for a job," he said. "When you apply for the job, you tell people all sorts of answers to any questions that your potential employers ask."

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