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Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Burke highlights minimum wage, improved political climate in Milwaukee stop

MILWAUKEE -- Mary Burke told supporters she's energized for a Tuesday win and mentioned minimum wage and ending divisiveness as key issues as the campaign heads into its final days.

Burke told reporters afterward she's not intimidated by recent negative ads or by Gov. Scott Walker's weekend campaign support from RNC chairman Reince Priebus and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

Asked if she had a message for the GOP trio, Burke shot back, "My message is for the people of Wisconsin."

"I am doing great. I am actually more excited than ever," Burke told supporters gathered at a Democratic field office on Milwaukee's north side. "I wake up at 4:30, before the alarm even goes off, because I am so energized about winning on Tuesday. I can tell you this: the tougher they get, the tougher I get. I'm not backing down, not even one inch."

Asked by reporters to comment on her repeated visits to poorer neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Burke said, "I'm ready to take on the tough issues that we have in Milwaukee, and we have to take them on because for Wisconsin to be thriving we need a thriving Milwaukee and we need to have a thriving central city."

"We have to take on the issues around education and high unemployment," Burke added. "Milwaukee County has not gotten back jobs at the same rate as the rest of the country or as the rest of the state, even."

Burke asked her supporters to "stand tough with me," and urged them to "have boots on the ground" over the next two days.

"We know they will stop at nothing to prevent people from getting out to vote. We've already seen that," said Burke. "We know the votes are there, we just have to make sure people get to the polls."

Burke supporter Milton Bond of Milwaukee said he's seen frustration among city residents regarding GOP efforts to require voter ID, adding that those efforts will trigger some people who might not otherwise vote to make the effort this year.

Bond said health care and minimum wage are top issues for Milwaukee residents.

"We have a lot of people below the poverty line in Milwaukee," said Bond. "We have a lot of single parent households, a lot of parents are working three or four jobs, trying to make ends meet. Governor Walker's policies have really hurt a lot of constituents here in the city, that's what I believe."

He said Republicans point to the state's BadgerCare health plan as a reason why Obamacare isn't needed, but said, "In contrast, a lot of people got kicked off (BadgerCare.)"

Manu Garay of Milwaukee said he's optimistic Burke will win.

"She has a very good chance," he said. "Particularly if Milwaukee turns out and supports her, she has a great, great chance."

Garay, who has been canvassing door-to-door for Burke, said he hears strong concerns about job opportunities.

"She represents job growth," he said.

"She cares about women's rights, she cares about pay equality," said Marsha Sehler of Milwaukee. "I think she's better for the entire state. For all the reasons she's good for Milwaukee, she's good for the state. She's for the common good."

-- By Kay Nolan
For WisPolitics.com


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