UPDATE: Walker pushes back against Burke in first ad

UPDATED Friday, March 7, 2014 --- 9:01 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is releasing his first television ad in the governor's race, pushing back against Democratic challenger Mary Burke's message that unemployment has gone up under his watch.

The Republican incumbent launched his first ad on Friday, the same day that Burke was running her initial spot.

Walker's ad takes aim at Burke's claim that unemployment has gone up under Walker.

Unemployment was 7.8 percent when Walker took office. It is 6.3 percent now.

However, unemployment never went higher than 4.8 percent when Burke was Wisconsin's commerce secretary between 2005 and 2007.

Burke campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki says the fact that unemployment was lower when Burke was commerce secretary than now is inconvenient for Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, March 5, 2014 --- 10:10 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Mary Burke's first television ad in the race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker touts her background with bicycle maker Trek while also attacking Walker's record on jobs.

The ad released Wednesday by Burke's campaign comes eight months before the November election and signals that the race is heating up.

Walker's campaign has yet to release an ad but the Republican Governors Association launched a pair of spots last month.

Burke is a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive and former state Commerce Department secretary.

Burke's ad goes after Walker's record on jobs and says unemployment is up. In supporting material, Burke's campaign notes that statewide unemployment was never higher than 4.8 percent when Burke was Commerce secretary but it's never been lower than 6.2 percent under Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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