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Barrett, Walker To Debate Twice In May

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 7:13 am

Milwaukee’s Mayor will get his rematch agaisnt Governor Scott Walker. Democrat Tom Barrett was declared the winner tuesday’s primary election with 58 percent of the vote. Two debates between Walker and Barret are planned this month. Barrett says he wants to focus his campaign on jobs and the economy, but it should be noted that Walker received more votes in his meaningless primary than Barrett and his top competitor Kathleen Falk did combined.

Jobs and the economy have been a major focus of the recall election, but the key issue is certainly Walker’s approach to the union issue. Each side is using different figures to attack the other. Walker has criticized Barrett for Milwaukee’s high unemployment rate of 10.5 percent. Walker says the states overall unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2008. Meanwhile, Barrett is asking voters to look at the number of jobs saying that in the last year, Wisconsin has lost more jobs than any other state. He challenged Walker to four debates before the recall election. Walker agreed to two of those debates.

Walker says if voters pick Tom Barrett they will be to “putting the power back in the hands of literally a hand full of union leaders at both the state and local level.”

Walker and Barrett will go head to head in those debates on May 25th and May 31st. The recall election is on Tuesday, June 5th.

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