Walker accuses Wisconsin Democrats of 'anger and hatred'

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker arrives for the State of the State Address Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 in the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol in Madison. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is accusing Democrats of being driven by "anger and hatred," a line of attack the two-term incumbent began emphasizing last week that his opponents say more accurately reflects the tactics of President Donald Trump.

Walker is up for a third term in November. He says Democrats' rhetoric is "increasingly not just liberal, but filled with hatred and anger towards me, towards the president, towards Republicans in general."

Democrats say the new line of attack is desperate.

Mahlon Mitchell, one of more than a dozen Democratic gubernatorial candidates, says "Walker is panicked, and he should be."

Another Democratic candidate, Matt Flynn, says Walker should instead focus his criticism on Trump, who Flynn says is the one who "specializes in vulgarity and insult."

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