Decision 2012: Candidates for Governor Have Final Debate

UPDATED: Thursday, May 31, 2012 --- 9:30p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Tom Barrett are sparring over whether jobs were created in Walker's first year in office.

Walker and Barrett had a spirited exchange over jobs in Thursday's second and final debate before Tuesday's recall election.

Walker two weeks ago issued employment data that showed about 23,300 jobs were created in 2011, a dramatic positive swing from previously reported numbers showing a 33,900 drop, which was worst in the nation.

Walker says he knows the new numbers undermine Barrett's campaign, but "the facts are the facts."

Barrett says even if his numbers are to be believed, Wisconsin's job creation numbers would still be the worst in the Big Ten.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Thursday, May 31, 2012 --- 9:21p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says Gov. Scott Walker will definitely sign a bill making Wisconsin a right to work state.

Barrett said in a debate Thursday, "Mark my words, he'll sign it."

Walker says the bill will never pass, but he refuses to say whether he would veto such a bill. He again on Thursday refused to say whether he would sign or veto such a bill, saying that was a hypothetical he wouldn't address.

Barrett says Walker would have a "fall from grace with the far right if he would say he's going to veto that."

The hour-long debate in Milwaukee was broadcast statewide.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 --- 9:16p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says Tuesday's recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker is about the future of Wisconsin.

Barrett made his comment Thursday in the second and final debate against Walker before the election.

Barrett says Walker wants to make Wisconsin the tea part capital of the country. Walker says the recall is about whether people want politicians who make tough decisions. He says that's what he did with his policies, including effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers.

The hour-long debate in Milwaukee was broadcast statewide.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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