Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has come under fire from Democrats for not finishing his bachelor’s degree while attending Marquette University in the 1980s. Democrats might think the attacks are a surefire way to make Walker look uneducated as he ramps up for a potential 2016 presidential bid, but the attacks may alienate more people than they win over.
Sixty-eight percent of Americans ages 25 or older do not have a bachelor’s degree. That’s 142 million potential voters who might be offended by attacks on Walker’s educational status. Attacking Walker for not having a degree is basically telling 68 percent of Americans they’re unqualified to be president.
Furthermore, Walker still has more education than nearly two-thirds of the country. He amassed college credits equivalent to three-quarters of a bachelor’s degree during his time at Marquette. Only 37 percent of Americans over age 25 have at least three years of college education.
Ten presidents have served without at least a bachelor’s degree, including presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. President Harry Truman was the most recent one without a degree.
The lack of a degree should not disqualify someone from being president if they have other positive qualifications. Walker’s record as governor makes him just as qualified to run for president as the other potential Republican and Democratic candidates.