Howard Dean Bashes Scott Walker For Not Having A College Degree, Calls Him "Unknowledgeable"

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, fmr. Gov. Howard Dean questioned how "well educated" Scott Walker is and called it a "problem" for the Governor of Wisconsin. Dean said this makes Walker "unknowledgeable."

"Are you serious? You're saying he might not be qualified because he didn't finish college?" an incredulous Joe Scarborough asked.

"I think there are going to be a lot of people who worry about that," Dean said.

"Do you worry about people that don't finish college?" Scarborough shot back.

"I worry about people being President of the United States not knowing much about the world and not knowing much about science," Dean said. "I worry about that."

Dean later elaborated that Walker's answer on evolution gave him concern about his lack of a college degree.

"How do you know his unknowledgeable? He's knowledgeable about what's going on in his state?" co-host Willie Geist asked.

"And what in the hell does that have to do with him answering the question the way he did? That was a cheap shot," Scarborough added.

"Because," Dean said, "evolution is a widely accepted scientific construct and people who don't believe in evolution either do it for hard-right religious reasons or because they don't know anything."

"I got to say, and I'm looking through the hall of fame of people that didn't graduate from college," Scarborough said. "It's pretty remarkable. I think Scott Walker got through 3 and 1/2 years of college. You can say that out of all of the things that I have that impact me in my daily life, a college degree is like near the bottom of them. I mean, I got a great education. I got a great college degree. But I know a lot of people, you look at Peter Jennings, Peter Jennings didn't graduate from high school. One of the best, most well read guys in news from anybody that knows him. They're all around us. I'm just saying trying to attach him not going to college to not answering the question on evolution, I think is -- how would you say, a Deanian stretch."

HOWARD DEAN: Scott Walker, were he to become president, would be the first president in many generations that did not have a college degree. He's never finished.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Right.

DEAN: The issue here is not just an issue of dancing around the question of evolution for political reasons, the issue is how well educated is this guy? And that's a problem.

SCARBOROUGH: Are you serious?

DEAN: I am absolutely serious.

DONNY DEUTSCH: He didn't finish his senior year so he didn't get all that stuff.

SCARBOROUGH: Are you serious? You're saying he might not be qualified because he didn't finish college?

DEAN: I think there are going to be a lot of people who worry about that.

SCARBOROUGH: Do you worry about people that don't finish college?

DEAN: I worry about people being President of the United States not knowing much about the world and not knowing much about science. I worry about that.

SCARBOROUGH: Oh my God. Let's name the people that didn't finish college that have changed this world.

DEAN: Harry Truman, who was a great president, there's no question about it.

SCARBOROUGH: Did Bill Gates finish college?

DEAN: I think Bill Gates is a little different -- nobody is accusing Scott Walker of having the intellect of Bill Gates.

SCARBOROUGH: Well, nobody is accusing Scott Walker of being dumb because he didn't graduate from college except you.

DEAN: I didn't say dumb, I said unknowledgeable.

SCARBOROUGH: Well what's the difference between Scott Walker not graduating from college and Bill Gates not graduating from college?

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WILLIE GEIST: How do you know his unknowledgeable? He's knowledgeable about what's going on in his state?

SCARBOROUGH: And what in the hell does that have to do with him answering the question the way he did? That was a cheap shot.

DEAN: Because evolution is a widely accepted scientific construct and people who don't believe in evolution either do it for hard-right religious reasons or because they don't know anything.

SCARBOROUGH: So what you're saying is that Mark Zuckerberg might not believe in evolution because he didn't graduate from college, either.

DEAN: No, I didn't say that at all. I said that, first of all, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates dropped out of college for different reasons. They had started what became titanic companies that changed the world. Scott Walker didn't finish college for who knows what reason. Donny was talking about him. I think that is going to be examined on the campaign trail and I think it should be. I think having an education about what goes on in the rest of the world is pretty important if you're going to be president of the United States.

SCARBOROUGH: I got to say, and I'm looking through the hall of fame of people that didn't graduate from college. It's pretty remarkable. I think Scott Walker got through 3 and 1/2 years of college. You can say that out of all of the things that I have that impact me in my daily life, a college degree is like near the bottom of them. I mean, I got a great education. I got a great college degree. But I know a lot of people, you look at Peter Jennings, Peter Jennings didn't graduate from high school. One of the best, most well read guys in news from anybody that knows him. They're all around us. I'm just saying trying to attach him not going to college to not answering the question on evolution, I think is -- how would you say, a Deanian stretch.

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