Walker takes aim at Evers in Ashwaubenon campaign stop

Gov. Scott Walker campaigns in Ashwaubenon Aug. 15, 2018, one day after the fall primary election.
Gov. Scott Walker campaigns in Ashwaubenon Aug. 15, 2018, one day after the fall primary election. (WLUK image)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- Gov. Scott Walker hit the campaign trail across the state Wednesday, including in the Green Bay area.

The governor unveiled more of his plan to keep Wisconsin working for future generations. His message plays off recent campaign ads promoting low unemployment around the state.

Walker wasted no time in stumping for votes now that he knows he's running against state schools superintendent Tony Evers, who campaigned in Appleton. Walker made a campaign stop at Fox Valley Metal Tech in Ashwaubenon Wednesday to outline his plan to move Wisconsin forward. It includes a series of tax credits: to encourage college graduates to work in the state, to allow retirees to stay in their homes and to lower childcare costs for working families.

"And as we prepared for our next two-year budget, we were more than capable of allotting, with the growth that we had in state budget and changes in the past, to make those targeted investments," Walker said.

Walker's campaign released a statewide ad showing how he's building on past accomplishments.

But at the same time, the Republican Party of Wisconsin went on the attack against Walker's opponent Tony Evers. It launched a half-million-dollar ad campaign criticizing Evers for not working harder to revoke the licenses of teachers accused of wrongdoing in the classroom.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin issued a statement calling the ad "despicable," adding, "the fact is Tony Evers worked with both parties in the Legislature to change the law and protect Wisconsin's children."

"He waited for us to change the law to make sure it wouldn't happen again and I think that's a failure of leadership," Walker said.

All three of Walker's previous elections were relatively close. His biggest margin of victory was a seven-percentage-point difference in the 2012 recall election.

Lawrence University associate professor of government Arnold Shober says the state remains split.

"I would expect Walker to be in a close race no matter what," Shober said. "The previous elections he stood for have all been very close, nail-biters to the end. I would be surprised if this would be anything other."

Walker is aware of the stakes and plans to crisscross the state up until election day.

"We're going to keep touring over and over again," he said.