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Walker supports taking Confederate flag down


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he supports South Carolina's governor's call to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of that state's capitol.

Debate has been swirling over the flag after black church members were gunned down in Charleston on Wednesday, allegedly by a young white man who embraced the banner as a symbol of white supremacy.

Walker, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, tweeted on Saturday that removing the flag was a state issue and he expected leaders to debate it after giving the victims' families time to mourn. He declined to offer his position to reporters in Washington, D.C. that evening.

On Monday South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the flag should be removed. Walker tweeted that he's glad Haley wants the flag gone and he supports her decision.

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