Former Gov. Scott Walker, VP Dick Cheney talk politics, 9/11 at Beloit College

Former Gov. Scott Walker and former Vice President Dick Cheney at the event at Beloit College Thursday.
Former Gov. Scott Walker and former Vice President Dick Cheney at the event at Beloit College Thursday.(NBC15)
Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 6:38 PM CDT
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Former Gov. Scott Walker interviewed former Vice President Dick Cheney at Beloit College Thursday.

Former VP Dick Cheney and Wis. Gov. Scott Walker come on stage for a discussion at Beloit College. More:

Posted by NBC15 Madison on Thursday, October 10, 2019

Cheney and Walker discussed a range of issues, from conservative governance in the U.S. to the 9/11 terror attacks. He described being in the West Wing with his speechwriter when he received news of a plane crashing into one of the Twin Towers.

“I turned on my television set, and as my speechwriter and I were sitting in there and watching, we saw the second plane go in and hit the World Trade Center. We knew then that this wasn’t an accident.”

He also commented on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, calling it "a very serious proposition."

The event, which was free and open to the public, was hosted by the college’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter.

Cheney talked fondly of his years studying at UW-Madison. “When I went to work on my Ph.D. in Wisconsin in English, and I signed on and handed papers to the voters… so Wisconsin has a special place in our hearts," Cheney said.

Some students organized a protest against former VP Cheney outside Beloit College’s Eaton Chapel.

“We would rather not be here, but the Young Americans for Freedom brought Dick Cheney onto campus,” Charles Clay, a student protester, said. “We felt that we had to respond to show that this is not what we are okay with and try to hold them accountable in some way.”

In a statement to NBC15 News, a spokesperson for the school wrote, “Beloit College welcomes open dialogue and free inquiry and understands that the free exchange of ideas can require added security measures.” Local law enforcement surrounded the chapel and checked bags upon entrance.

Earlier Thursday, Scott Bierman, the college president, sent an email to students, which was obtained by NBC15 News. The letter addressed the night’s event and cited the school’s Statement of Student Culture: “'…We are committed to the development of our abilities to critically engage every answer, authority, change, and condition we confront.'” The president continued, “As a community that holds these values, we must tolerate the articulation of view-points that differ from our own and listen and speak across boundaries. We encourage thoughtful and respectful responses to Mr. Cheney’s visit…”

The protest remained outside throughout the event.

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