The Note: What Scott Walker Said About Iran, Same Sex Marriage and More

ByABC News
July 14, 2015, 9:31 AM


--SCOTT WALKER CHALLENGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO GAME OF CARDS ON IRAN: Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is sharply critical of the Iran deal and says he'd like to challenge President Obama to a game of cards on the issue. "I'd love to play cards with the president on this issue," Walker told ABC's DAVID MUIR in an exclusive interview, "because it seems to me that every time he folds on the things that are important to us, the reality is that I'd be willing to negotiate with Iran if they were willing to do things like fully dismantle their illicit nuclear infrastructure." Though Walker says he is not opposed to negotiating with Iran under the right terms, which he said should include Iran first recognizing Israel as a legitimate state, he believes that the Obama's administration's handling of the negotiations has given "new life" to Iran through the easing of some sanctions -- calling the negotiations one of the biggest failures of the "Obama-Clinton doctrine."

--WALKER OPPOSES GAY MARRIAGE, BUT SUPPORTS SAME-SEX COUPLE IN HIS OWN FAMILY: When it comes to same-sex marriage, Scott Walker's politics and his heart don't always agree, ABC's JORDYN PHELPS notes. Though he is strongly opposed to same-sex marriage -- and recently called for a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court's decision ruling same sex unions legal in all 50 states -- he told ABC's DAVID MUIR during an exclusive interview that he does support a married same-sex couple within his own family. "I love them, so I support them," Walker said of his wife Tonette's cousin and her partner. "Love's gonna be the focus of everything we do with our family and our close friends," Walker told Muir while seated beside his wife and two sons, who support same-sex marriage, for an interview at the governor's mansion in Madison, Wisconsin.

--WALKER'S SONS AND WIFE DISH ABOUT HIS MOST EMBARRASSING HABITS: He wants to be the most powerful person in the world, but can you really be commander-in-chief and wear jean shorts? Scott Walker thinks he can, though his sons wish he wouldn't, ABC'S JORDYN PHELPS notes. When ABC's DAVID MUIR asked Walker's 19-year-old son, Alex, to tell America one thing people don't know about his 47-year-old dad, he pointed to his dad's sense of style -- an endless source of embarrassment to himself and his older brother. "He still wears jean shorts and embarrasses Matt and I quite a bit -- a lot," Alex Walker said, turning to his brother for agreement. For Scott Walker's wife, Tonette, there's perhaps no quicker way that her husband could embarrass her on the campaign trail than to sing.