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UPDATE: Walker spokeswoman says he's not calling for Canadian wall

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says that building a wall along the country's northern border with Canada is a legitimate issue that merits further review.

Republican candidates have generally taken a get-tough approach on deterring illegal immigration, but they usually focus on the border with Mexico.

The Wisconsin governor was asked whether he wanted to build a wall on the northern border, too, during an interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Walker says law enforcement officials in New Hampshire brought up the topic of building a wall along the U.S.-Canadian border during a recent town hall meeting. He says they raised some legitimate concerns, so it's a "legitimate issue for us to look at."

The U.S.-Canada boundary is the longest international border in the world at 5,525 miles long.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Scott Walker's entertaining the idea of building a wall separating the United States and Canada is drawing bipartisan derision.

Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy on Monday called it "one of the craziest" ideas of the presidential campaign to date. And Mike Murphy, the head of the Right to Rise super PAC supporting Jeb Bush, said on Twitter that Walker was distracted by focusing on building a wall between the U.S. and Canada.

Murphy's tweet ended with the hashtag "(hash)NotReady."

Walker said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the issue of border security in the north had been raised by law enforcement officials during a recent town hall in New Hampshire. He says building a northern wall is a "legitimate issue."

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Scott Walker's presidential campaign spokeswoman says the Wisconsin governor is not advocating for building a wall separating Canada and the United States.

Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong said Monday that Walker's comments on the issue had been misinterpreted.

Walker was asked Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether he supported building a wall. Walker said that he has heard about security concerns along the Canadian border, and "that is a legitimate issue for us to look at."

Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy called building a wall a "terrible idea."

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called it "pretty dumb." And Mike Murphy, the head of the Right to Rise super PAC supporting Jeb Bush, said on Twitter that Walker was distracted by focusing on building a wall between the U.S. and Canada.

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