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Walker Plays It Safe During First GOP Presidential Debate

Governor Participated In Cleveland Debate

Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Gov. Scott Walker mostly played it safe in the first GOP presidential debate on Thursday night, keeping his answers short while other candidates sparred.

Walker spoke for fewer than six minutes at the two-hour debate in Cleveland. Of the 10 contenders participating, only U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke less. Walker was asked sometimes pointed questions by the Fox News moderators, including whether he would let a mother die rather than let her have an abortion.

“Are you too out of the mainstream on this issue to win in the general election?” the moderator asked.

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“Well, I’m pro-life, I’ve always been pro-life,” Walker said.

Walker may have scored his biggest political point of the night when he interrupted moderators to attack Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Everywhere in the world that Hillary Clinton touched is more messed up today than before she and the president took office,” he said.

Walker didn’t engage his opponents on stage.

The next GOP debate is in September.