Walker says he knew song he quoted was about nuclear war

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he knew a 1980s rock song he quoted to make a point about Wisconsin’s economy was about nuclear war.

Walker on Thursday quoted the Timbuk3 song “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” while speaking at an economic development summit. Walker even briefly donned a pair of dark sunglasses to make his point.

He quoted the 1986 song’s lyrics at both the beginning and end of his speech, and again when speaking with reporters afterward. When asked if he knew the song was about a pending nuclear war, Walker says “that’s why I didn’t quote the whole song. Having been from the 1980s, I actually know the words.”

The band Timbuk3 was formed in Wisconsin.