VIDEO REPORT: Bill Clinton Campaigned For Barrett In Milwaukee Today

UPDATED Friday, June 1, 2012--5:40p.m.
MILWAUKEE--"Ordinarily I'm against recall elections," Former President Bill Clinton told a crowd of supporters on Friday. "I went to try to fight one in California, but sometimes it is the only way to avoid a disastrous course."

The former president's encouraging folks to get out and vote for the Milwaukee mayor on Tuesday. "Divide and conquer works, you tell them no! You tell them Wisconsin has never been about that, never will be about that, by electing Tom Barrett governor," he said.

"If anyone can back Barrett and get the crowd going, he just did it," said Kay Seamonson, who attended the rally.

Several of those we spoke with said they think the former president's appearance will help drive turnout to the polls. "I think it's been crucial," said Tom Noonan, another attendee. "It's all about turnout in this vote and I think he's going to get a lot of people generated out to vote." "I think it helps to a certain degree when people see it on t.v.," said John Knurr, a rally attendee. "Especially if they think back when Clinton had the surplus you know, they associate that with....Barrett."

Given that the election is just days away and the former president is the biggest name to stop by the state to lend support, we asked: is it too little too late? "No I think this is good," said Noonan. "I think this strategy is really well thought out and they're doing a good job considering the time frame." "I think he should have come earlier," said Paul Damien, another attendee. "I think there should have been more support and more financial support, because Scott Walker's getting all this money from out-of-state you know, and Tom Barrett is getting small funds from people like us, my wife and I, and it's just hard to fight it."

UPDATED Friday, June 1, 2012 --- Noon

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton is rallying Democrats in Milwaukee on behalf of the city's mayor, Tom Barrett, who's locked in a close race with Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a nationally-watched recall election.

Clinton told the crowd at a downtown riverfront park Friday that Tuesday's election is about much more than the state of Wisconsin and what's best for its residents.

He says people nationwide are looking to Wisconsin as an American battleground. Clinton says states that are recovering economically have embraced "creative cooperation," not "constant conflict" -- a reference to Walker's move to eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees.

Walker is campaigning Friday with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. She calls herself a "union buster" and considers her state's low union membership rate an economic development tool.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


UPDATED Friday, June 1, 2012 --- 9:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton is set to fire up Democrats in Milwaukee just four days ahead of the recall election targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Clinton's visit Friday on behalf of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett marks the latest in a string of high-profile Democrats who have campaigned on his behalf in recent days. President Barack Obama has not gotten publicly involved in the recall.

Clinton was to appear at a morning rally with Barrett to encourage voters to cast their ballots early.

Walker was campaigning Friday with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has called herself a "union buster" and considers her state's low union membership rate an economic development tool.

The recall was spurred by Walker's proposal last year that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most state workers.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted Thursday, May 31, 2012 --- 1:30 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The state Democratic Party says former President Bill Clinton will be in Wisconsin this week to campaign for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett ahead of next week's recall election.

Democratic spokesman Graeme Zielinski says Clinton will be in Milwaukee sometime Friday morning. He says further details are still being worked out.

Clinton would be the second big-name Democrat to appear in Wisconsin in recent days on Barrett's behalf. The head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, came to Racine on Wednesday to rally about 100 Democratic volunteers.

A poll released Wednesday by Marquette University Law School shows Gov. Scott Walker with a 7-point lead over Barrett, 52 percent to 45 percent. The poll's margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.

The election is Tuesday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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