Potential presidential candidate and current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker often cites Ronald Reagan as an inspiration, but take a look at this posted transcript of an interview on a right-wing website today which attributes a statement to Gov. Walker about having voted for Reagan:
I remember, I was a teenager, had just become a teenager and voted for Ronald Reagan — limited government, you know, smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense. You knew what you were getting. You knew how a Reagan administration, a Reagan presidency was going to be better for you.Now let's look at some dates and numbers:
Scott Walker was born on November 2, 1967, according to various biographies - - here, or here, for example.
His campaign bio does not provide a birthdate, but Walker won the Wisconsin Governorship on Nov. 2nd, 2010, got a birthday cake for his 43rd birthday that night and was serenaded on his 46th birthday by a crowd in Virginia led by Republican National Committee chairman and fellow Wisconsinite Reince Priebus on Nov. 2, 2013.
Walker's birthdate is not in dispute.
Now to match it up against the dates of Reagan's two presidential wins.
Ronald Reagan was elected to his first term as President on November 4th, 1980 - - just two days after Walker's 13th birthday - - and was re-elected on Nov. 6th, 1984 - - presidential election dates, here - - when Scott Walker would have been 17 years and four days old.
The US voting age is 18 years; Walker would not have turned 18 until Nov. 2nd, 1985.
I admit that math is not my best subject, so help me out here:
How could "teenager" Walker have ever "voted for Reagan" as claimed if he were but 13 and 17 years old when Reagan won the Presidency?
Admittedly Walker does not say he voted at an official polling place for Reagan, but that is a reasonable inference, given the interview text as posted.
Did he mean "voted for Ronald Reagan" in a school or classroom election?