Scott Walker dismisses 'elitist' criticism that he dropped out of college

Dylan Stableford

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is dismissing "elitist" critics who say his lack of a college degree could work against him should he run for president.

Last week, former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean brought up Walker's lack of education, saying, “The issue is, how well educated is this guy?”

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

"That's the kind of elitist, government-knows-best, top-down approach we've had for years," Walker told Fox News' Megyn Kelly Tuesday.

The Republican governor and possible presidential hopeful turned the criticism into a zinger against President Barack Obama, who earned his bachelor's degree from Columbia and a law degree at Harvard.

"We've had an Ivy-trained lawyer in the White House for six years who's pretty good at reading off the teleprompter, but has done a pretty lousy job leading this country," Walker said. "I'd rather have a fighter who's proven he can take on the big government special interests and win."

Walker dropped out of Marquette in 1990 during his senior year to take a full-time job at the American Red Cross and focus on politics.

"We have people who helped found Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, plenty of other successful businesses and enterprises across this country who did the exact same sort of thing I did," Walker said. "I've got two sons in college. I hope they finish, I expect that. ... We value college for those who want to pursue a career, but in the end you don't have to have that."

Walker, who made headlines during a tour of London last week when he declined to answer an interviewer's question about evolution, addressed that controversy, too.

"I think God created the earth," he told Kelly, but added: "I think science and my faith aren't incompatible."