Should Presidents Be Required To Have A College Degree?

| by Ethan Brown
Gov. Scott Walker.Gov. Scott Walker.

Gov. Scott Walker has received much criticism over the revelation he dropped out of college in his senior year and did not earn a college degree. 

Liberal pundits, including Vermont Democrat Howard Dean, believe that Walker is not qualified to run for the presidency, as he is one of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination.

But Walker’s lack of a college degree may resonate with most Americans, as 70 percent do not have a college degree either.

Moreover, 24 members in the U.S. House of Representatives, including seven Democrats and 17 Republicans, do not hold a bachelor’s degree, or 5 percent of the entire 435-member House.

Most Americans over 25 do not have a college degree, arguably making it a mistake for the Democratic Party to attack the governor on his lack of college credentials.

Walker responded to the criticism in an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

“That’s the kind of elitist, government-knows-best, top-down approach we’ve had for years. I’d rather have a fighter who’s proven he can take on the big government interests and win ... I think people want to judge what you have done lately,” said the governor.

Some voters may believe the governor used the term “elitist” accurately; according to statistics, 56 percent of all Democrats in the U.S. House received their college education from a private institution, compared to only 38 percent of Republicans.

Walker’s lack of a degree has not affected his job performance, some might argue. Under his tenure, the economic outlook of Wisconsin has improved, going from 49th in the nation to 21st.  Some believe his strict control on public unions is one of the reasons for the state’s prosperity over the last several years.  He also has won three elections, one of which was a recall election, a rarity in today’s political atmosphere.

Sources: Washington Post (2), Fox News, Forbes / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons