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Sunday, June 3, 2012

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Barrett says turnout will be the difference in Tuesday's vote

OSHKOSH -- Victory in Tuesday's recall election will all come down to turnout, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told an audience of supporters Sunday in a packed Oshkosh coffeehouse.

"This election is so close. It won't come down to one percent, it will come down to one person," Barrett said. "We have the grassroots support out there and I can feel the momentum moving our way."

Barrett was joined Sunday on the campaign trail by Sen. Herb Kohl, who stressed the importance of Tuesday's election.

"What happens Tuesday will determine the path the state will travel for years to come. The two people competing couldn't be more different – Tom unites people and Walker divides them. We need to turn out the votes – we're counting on you."

Grassroots support will be integral to a win, Barrett said. He thanked supporters who are going door-to-door and making phone calls on his behalf, but asked one more favor: "Find someone who didn't vote in 2010 and bring them with you to the polls on Tuesday. We have to keep it up until the polls close at 8 p.m."

While Barrett acknowledged he is far behind in raising campaign cash, he said that shouldn't matter. "I will take the people of Oshkosh against some billionaire from Texas who doesn't care about Wisconsin," he said. "I'm so grateful for all of you."

Barrett said Walker is preoccupied by being a Tea Party "rock star" and the investigations surrounding the Milwaukee County executive office when he was there that he's taken his eye off the ball and that the people of Wisconsin are suffering.

"This election is about integrity. He hasn't said what he knew about what was going on feet away from his desk," Barrett said. "That's a question that the people of Wisconsin need to have answered."

Barrett said the money Walker is taking in from outside of Wisconsin is just "wrong."

"We need a governor who is focused on job creation in Wisconsin and ending the civil war he's created here in Wisconsin," Barrett said. "We have to find a way to work together. This is America. We can't be so divided. This governor has divided Wisconsin worse than other governor in history."

Barrett's stop in Oshkosh was just one of two he made Sunday with Kohl. The pair also visited the Brown County Breakfast on the Farm then Barrett has an evening event planned in Stevens Point.

-- By MaryBeth Matzek

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