Mon June 4, 2012
Final campaign push ahead of recall vote
Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett are making their closing arguments to voters today ahead of tomorrow's historic recall vote. Both men spent Sunday (6/3) urging campaign volunteers to keep at it.
Barrett spoke with supporters at a coffee shop in Oshkosh Sunday morning. A few said they'd already been out campaigning for him that day.
Joining Barrett at this stop was outgoing Democratic U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, who said Barrett would lead as a pragmatist, "You never get 100-percent of what you want. But 80-percent is damn good. Tom understands that."
Barrett blamed Walker for dividing the state. Barrett said he was the only candidate who could bring people back together, "I do not believe that the majority of the people of this state like the fact that we are now considered the most polarized state in this country."
Barrett said his campaign believed the race to be a dead heat, saying turnout would be key.
In Fitchburg Sunday, Walker paid a visit to volunteers working phone banks, "It's only a few hours left. Pretty exciting."
Walker told reporters afterward that if Barrett were to win, it would lead to what he called "recall ping pong". He said he didn't think voters wanted that, "If there's somebody still on the bubble, and there aren't many left. But if there's somebody who doesn't like this recall process, I'm the only candidate you can vote for. Because if you vote for me on Tuesday, June 5th, we'll move on and we'll move forward and we'll change this."
Walker and Barrett have about a dozen campaign stops between them Monday before voters head to the polls Tuesday.