Do you need a college degree to be president? Gov. Walker dodges question

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  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 10, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    A degree isn't necessary to be a Republican President. GW has a degree from Yale, but he was admitted only because of affirmative action. He was a "legacy" student, who got into Yale because his faher is a distinguished alumnus. And GW hardly distinguished himself in college.

    It's entirely possible he couldn't have gotten through college if not for his legacy connection.

    Part of GW's political attraction was his not-that-smart demeanor that connected so well with the Republican base. It was clever of Republican strategists to strike a contrast between GW with his faith in God and Reaganomics . . . And the very bright Al Gore and Kerry with their faith in logic and workable solutions.

    You don't need a college degree to be the de facto leader of the Republican Party either.

    The Great Rush Limbaugh doesn't have a college degree and might not be able to even spell C o l l e g e. But it doesn't matter.

    A disdain of snooty "elites" is a big part of his rhetoric. Uneducated leaders with strong opinions are attractive to Modern "Conservatives." Who needs college?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 10, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    SCfan let me guess your one of the white middle class men who conservatives believe are disadvantaged?

    It is sad that you believe the way you do. There's another article in this paper today celebrating 50 years since the civil rights movement, you should reflect.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 10, 2014 2:29 p.m.


    I don't question the President's accomplishments at Harvard. I do while at President but as said by someone else, if you don't bring your facts to the table, you make fellow conservatives looks stupid...

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2014 1:57 p.m.

    So long as he has Community Organizing Experience who cares what degree he has, right Libers?

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    April 10, 2014 1:20 p.m.


    Thank you for making my point about affirmative action. Obama would never have been law review president if not for his race. And he would not be President of the U.S. either. Don't believe me? Let me prove it. If the junior Senator from Illinois with two years experience had been named Barry O'Brien and was a white guy, do you honestly want to argue that he would have been elected President. He would have been laughed out of the Senate for even mentioning he wanted to run after only two years in office. And, the American people would never have elected such an inexperienced person to begin with. Obama, because of his race, was a popular choice because he brought the uniqueness of being the first....... That's all he had. And I've always wondered why, if he was such a brilliant legal mind, president of law review and such, why did he not do what most of the best do. Clerk on the Supreme Court? Or even a Federal Court? No offers? Hummmmmmmmmm. Still waiting to see those grades Barry.

  • theDailyObserver Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    Based on Scott Walker's logic, as well as a few from these comment boards, our own illustrious governor would be a perfect candidate for president, based on the fact that he too is not college educated. Just don't mention that to Gov. Herbert, since he would call such a discussion 'elitist', as he did during his re-election campaign.

    It is disheartening that more and more elected officials do not practice what they preach with regards to education. Benjamin Franklin was exactly right when he said, ‘genius without education is like silver in the mine.’ Respectable colleges and universities around the US largely do not tell students what to think, but rather teach people how to think. With so many broadening social, economic and environmental issues facing the world today, I would personally prefer an elected erudite who makes sound decisions, over a loud and obnoxious blowhard who appeals to the masses.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    April 10, 2014 11:47 a.m.

    scott walker is a union buster and practices class warfare on the middle class and teachers. he would send wages back to 1950s years and no one would own a house but the very rich.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 10, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    The right does despises...a good education, it tends to shrink their fan base, and those who fall for their spin on the radio.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 10, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    Some our worst presidents, like BO and Carter, had college degrees. being educated obviously does NOT mean being competent.

    Larry Miller had no college degree, and he was very successful at his chosen field.

    Bill Gates did not finish college before he started microsoft - he may have finished since, but I'm not sure.

    plenty of incompetent degree holders out there and plenty of very successful non-degree holders.

  • ArgoFY Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    @SC Fan

    “His Harvard achievement makes Obama look like a junior college experience.”

    Hopefully you do realize that President Obama attended Harvard Law School himself, and was the first African American elected to be the president of the Harvard Law Review, which is considered to be the highest position for a student to attain at one of the most prestigious universities in the country.

    You’re probably one of those Obama conspiracy theorists, but let’s stick to the facts, rather than the ‘gospels’ of the Limbaugh’s and the O’Reilly’s, shall we?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 10, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    I guess nobody has looked at recent history. Best be going to Harvard or Yale or be a former celeb (Reagan)...

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    @ Steven S Jarvis "Still, I find it highly unlikely we will ever see a democrat without a college degree run for President. For whatever reason it seems only Republicans take such political and social risk."

    It's interesting to me that democrats will mentally make having a college degree a requirement. Yet, your major voting base is minorities, of which a high percentage lack higher education and the ability to successfully get there. Much less minorities struggle to graduate from high school.

    One could argue that the democrats use class warfare to remain in power and keep the uneducated in their pocket, while showing the other face that they really care for this demographic.

    I can think of one democrat after another, whose advance degree did them little good at being successful in politics. I can think of several democrats that dropped out of school and still managed to steal money from others. As I can with Republicans.

    IfDemocrats were truly as smart as they claim, why did they claim that George Bush (who they regard as being stupid) was able to trick them into war? Why haven't they fixed the economy? After all their opposition is stupid right?

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    April 10, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    On the one hand, a degree is certainly nice.

    On the other, Scott Walker has done amazing things and been incredibly successful for the state of Wisconsin-despite all attempts to defame him or hedge up his way.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    April 10, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    A degree certainly hasn't helped our current president.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    April 10, 2014 7:32 a.m.

    Being intelligent or educated is not required to run for and to be elected for public office as Walker and others have demonstrated. However, its much less likely that such a person would win a national election. Still, I find it highly unlikely we will ever see a democrat without a college degree run for President. For whatever reason it seems only Republicans take such political and social risk.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    April 10, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    No, in fact, I'd say that not having a college degree, (especially a law degree) would be one of the best qualifications for President today. Far too many who have spent years on a college campus lack a real world view. And, remember, some of the most practical, realistic and accomplished people of our day dropped out of college. If achievement in college is necessary to be President, then there was no one more qualified than Mitt Romney. He got both a Harvard MBA, and Law degree on a single scholarship program. His Harvard achievement makes Obama look like a junior college experience. Still waiting to see those grades Barry. Talk about affirmative action.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 10, 2014 7:22 a.m.

    Gee, the qualifications to be president are outlined in Article II Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States says, "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to tghat office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

    I don't seen any requirement to have any type of degree. The only people that would see the need for that would be the Ivy League elites. If Walker not having a degree is a disqualifier in some peoples eyes, then I'm voting for him.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    April 9, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    Truman was the last president with no college degree. Not having the sheepskin would be the least of the problems I'd have with Walker.