UPDATE: Democratic candidate Burke speaks with Obama

UPDATED Wednesday, January 29, 2014 --- 2:52 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke isn't traveling to Waukesha to see President Barack Obama in person on Thursday, but she did speak with him by phone.

Burke's spokesman Joe Zepecki said the president called Burke on Wednesday morning. He says they discussed job creation strategies and the need to strengthen Wisconsin's middle class.

Zepecki says Burke shared concerns she's heard on the campaign trail, including the challenges faced by small businesses and trade policy.

Republicans have said Burke doesn't want to be seen with the president because a poll released Monday showed his approval rating had dropped to 44 percent in Wisconsin. Zepecki says Burke is committed to a day of campaigning in western Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker plans to greet Obama when he arrives, but leave after that.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2014 --- 2:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will not be joining President Barack Obama when he makes a stop in Wisconsin on Thursday.

Burke's campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki said Tuesday that Burke a full day scheduled in western Wisconsin and will not be able to make it to the Milwaukee area.

Obama plans to tour a General Electric gas engine plant in Waukesha to talk about the economy. It is part of a four-state stop following his State of the Union speech.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has not yet said whether he will join the president.

Obama was originally scheduled to spend the night Wednesday in Milwaukee, but his plans changed to now limit the visit only to Thursday morning.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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