Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says if he were in a room with Donald Trump, he'd tell his presidential rival to "stop picking on American heroes."
Walker, who was among the first to condemn Trump when he said that Arizona Sen. John McCain was "not a war hero," added that he's not fazed by The Donald polling ahead of him in a recent ABC News-Washington Post poll.
Here's the transcript of Walker's exchange on Trump:
Scott Walker: Hey good morning guys, thanks for having me on.
HOST: If Donald Trump and you were in a room right now, just the two of you - just the two of you, nobody could hear what you we're saying - what would you say to him?
WALKER: You know I actually probably wouldn't say much of anything other than stop picking on American heroes. I mean on the other stuff he can speak for himself. On the policy where he drew the line with me I would of done like the other candidates. I didn't count on it one way or the other. I figured he can take care of himself. I'm going to talk about what I'm for, but when he went after John McCain regardless of what you think of Sen. McCain's politics...I mean the guy's a prisoner of war who could of been out early, was tortured, but didn't because he didn't want to let down the others who were being held there and I think he is an American hero.
HOST: Well just this week an ABC News poll with the Washington Post showed that Trump, in their poll, gets 24 percent of support right now. You're next person on that list down at 13. Do you take Donald Trump seriously as a candidate right now?
WALKER: Well I mean I'm a week in. Literally a week ago Monday I got in the race so I'm second right now. I think if we our message out and I don't worry about Donald Trump or anybody else out there, if I talk about what I'm for, not who I'm against or what I'm against I think in the end people are looking for someone who can do more than fight, they're looking for someone who can fight and win and I think if we can fight and win in a blue state, not just win three elections in four years in a state that hasn't elected a Republican president since 1984, but actually win on the big battles that matter. Taking on the unions, cutting taxes $2 billion dollars, defunding Planned Parenthood, passing Castle Doctrine and concealed carry; passing things like requiring a photo ID to vote. If all of those common sense conservative reforms can work in a blue state like mine there's no doubt we can make them work in America.
Walker is polling a distant second behind Trump in the poll he discussed:
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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