On Friday, just before he was to give his first major speech on foreign policy, Scott Walker appeared on Morning Joe on MSNBC to talk about that very subject. But when Walker was asked for specifics about Pakistan, he tried to punt and failed at even that:
In advance of his foreign policy address in South Carolina, Gov. Scott Walker was asked Friday morning about U.S.-Pakistan relations.
His answer was a little fuzzy.
Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Walker was asked by Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin to assess the current state of relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.
"Well, I think anywhere in the world we need to be better. We obviously have challenges all throughout the world," Walker replied. "Heck, we even have challenges with a relationship with Israel, which is obviously one of our greatest allies out there. But we have ongoing challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, around the world. Again, it's one of those where strength begets strength, confidence begets confidence."
Halperin pressed Walker further, asking him to specifically rate the current strengths, weaknesses, positives and negatives in the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan.
"Well, I think you look both in terms of Pakistan and Afghanistan, you look at — we talk all the time about ISIS and Al Qaeda. We still have ongoing concerns about the Taliban and their ability to regain strength," Walker said. "That has a relationship between both Pakistan and Afghanistan. We need to make sure that any form, any form of radical Islamic terrorism that's targeted at us or allies is one that we stand firm on. And those are still lingering problems, even in that part of the world."
The gentle reminder is that this non-answer came after Walker boned up on foreign policy.