In his last response, Walker ducked a question and follow-up from his interviewer about whether he believed in evolution, saying politicians were better off steering clear of that issue. “I’m going to punt on that one as well,” Walker said. “I’m here to talk about trade, not to pontificate about other things.”
The event’s moderator, Justin Webb of BBC Radio 4, responded by saying he believed any British politician would answer by readily accepting evolution. As an elected official in Wisconsin, Walker has rarely addressed the topic. The governor later Wednesday issued a statement through his campaign that again avoided stating where he stands on the issue.
“Both science and my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God,” Walker’s statement said. “I believe faith and science are compatible, and go hand in hand.”
I would take that last part as a tacit admission that, if somehow pushed, Walker would say he accepts the scientific consensus on the age of the Earth and at least some major aspects of evolution. Hey, a science blogger can hope!