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Wisconsin Rapids Tribune - Barrett, Feingold Fire up Crowd at Wisconsin Rapids Coffee House

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With just one week until Wisconsin's recall elections, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett says he would return a sense of trust and integrity to the office in a time of fiscal crisis within the state.

"This is at a time when you have this fiscal crisis and you have a leader who decides rather than trying to bring people together he decides ... to divide and conquer," Barrett told a crowd of about 100 supporters Tuesday morning at From the Ground Up Coffee House, 250 W. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids.

"Scott Walker took that crisis and rather than explain to people how we had to come together as a family to solve this crisis, he decided he would use that very moment to pit people against each other," Barrett said. "That's his style of leadership."

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, a Democrat from Middleton, joined the mayor of Milwaukee in his second campaign stop of the day. The duo plans to travel to Marshfield for an event this afternoon.

State Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, former state Rep. Marlin Schneider, a Democrat from Wisconsin Rapids, and Justin Pluess, who will challenge incumbent state Rep. Scott Krug, R-Wisconsin Rapids, in November, also attended Tuesday's event.

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