The 2016 presidential campaign might’ve just witnessed the most outlandish question posed to a potential candidate yet Saturday.
In an interview with The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Robert Costa, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was asked whether he believes Barack Obama is a Christian.
Walker immediately responded with, “I don’t know,” which served as the Post’s headline for the reporters’ hard-hitting examination of the possible 2016 contender.
Walker went on to clarify his response in the interview.
“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, in a voice Balz and Costa noted was “calm and firm.”
“I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”
The governor then hit back at his enquirers, claiming that questions like theirs are a reflection of what’s gone wrong with America’s media.
“To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press,” Walker retorted. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”
A spokeswoman for Walker later told the Post that, “Of course the governor thinks the president is a Christian” — he just thought it was a “gotcha question” that had nothing to do with his issues.
This new line of questioning comes hot off the heels of Walker having to field questions last week about whether he agreed with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani that the president didn’t love America.