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Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker on Friday said being asked whether he would meet with organizers from Black Lives Matter is like asking him whether he would meet with the tea party.

"I'm going to meet with voters ... Who knows who that is?" Walker said in response to a Daily Mail reporter in New Hampshire who asked whether he would meet with the representatives of the group. "I'm going to talk to American voters, period. It's the same way as saying, you're going to meet with the tea party. Who is the tea party? There's hundreds of thousands of people out there."  

Asked again whether he would sit down with representatives of the movement if they requested a meeting, Walker said, "That's a ridiculous question. I'm going to talk to voters. That's just a ridiculous question."

The difference is that Walker has spoken at tea party rallies, which would, at the very least, necessitate meeting with the events' organizers, however briefly.

A spokeswoman for Walker's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for clarification of his answer.

Walker was also asked Friday morning at a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast at St. Anselm College what he would do to protect citizens from being shot by police. According to CNN, he said he believes most police are good, hard-working people, but said police relations must be addressed and touted the legislation he signed mandating independent reviews of officer-involved shootings.

The governor also received a question about the Black Lives Matter movement and police relation in the Aug. 6 Republican primary debate.

Asked how to address the "overly aggressive police officers targeting young African-Americans," Walker cited advice from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, saying it's about ensuring officers have the tools and training they need. The governor also said there should be consequences to show "we treat everyone the same in America," but didn't specify what those consequences should be. 

Wisconsin has some of the highest rates of racial disparity in the nation. Wisconsin incarcerates the highest rate of black men in the country, at 12.8 percent. The state also has the highest level of racial disparity in K-12 dropout rates and third-highest disparity in unemployment rates, according to a January 2014 report from the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.

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