President Obama's visit to Milwaukee draws national attention to governors race

President Obama's visit to Milwaukee draws national attention to governors race

"I'm just appreciative he's here," says Gov. Walker

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--President Obama's scheduled visit to Milwaukee Monday is putting national focus on Wisconsin's gubernatorial race

His visit comes just three comes from the elections and both Burke and Walker are in a dead heat.

“This is an election he may be able to influence and this is a very close election and it doesn’t take very much for the electorate to swing one way or the other,”  said UWGB Professor Emeritus, Michael Kraft.

The President is expected to attend a labor union rally on Labor Day and show his support for union workers. 

While the President and the Governor may not see eye to eye when it comes to collective bargaining rights—Governor Walker says he’s putting politics aside.

“When he comes, I typically don’t get into the politics of things.  We always appreciate when the President [comes], no matter which party, he’s the President of the United States.”

“It would be reasonable for any Republican governor whatever that individual feels about the President to at least greet the President as the official head of the state," said Kraft.

Challenger Mary Burke is also scheduled to meet with the President.

Her campaign said "Mary will meet privately with the President during his visit, and hopes to have him back in Wisconsin for a campaign event before Election Day."

This is the second time the President has visited Wisconsin this year.

He was in Waukesha in February for his State of the Union tour.


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