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Barrett Challenges Walker to Four Debates Focusing on Jobs Over the Next Four Weeks

Press Release

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Tom Barrett called on Scott Walker Wednesday to join him in four debates in four weeks - focusing on jobs - in the 2012 race for Wisconsin governor.

"Scott Walker loves to launch misleading attacks on jobs, so let's meet face-to-face and compare our records and our visions on jobs for the people of Wisconsin," said Barrett. "He can explain why Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in the nation under his watch."

Barrett has been invited to a number of debates in the general election by respected organizations and media outlets, offers that no doubt have also been extended to Gov. Walker. There are several opportunities for Barrett and Walker to debate over the next four weeks to compare their records on jobs.

"Walker likes to lob assaults in news conferences and press releases, but let's see if he will join me head-to-head to talk about jobs," Barrett said. "The people of Wisconsin would much prefer the candidates for governor share the same stage on the most important issue on the minds of voters."

Walker campaigned for governor in 2010 promising to create 250,000 jobs. Instead when he assumed office, Walker launched an ideological civil war that divided Wisconsin like never before and took Walker's attention, energy and focus away from the economy.

Under Walker's watch, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any state in the nation in 2011, and was the only state to suffer 'statistically significant' job loss over the past 12 months.

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