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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mediaman was one of the thousands who went to see former President Bill Clinton stump for Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett for governor in the Wisconsin recall. 'Ordinarily I'm against recall elections … but sometimes it is the only way to avoid a disastrous course,' Clinton told the Milwaukee crowd on Friday. 'Most everyone in Wisconsin has already made up their minds, even with the huge infusion of outside campaign dollars pouring into the state, the far majority from GOP supporters. On that count it's a David vs. Goliath battle,' said mediaman.
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    Milwaukee, WI- As the push to the historic WI Recall vote comes down to the wire, national figures are descending onto the state. On Friday, June 1st, President Clinton arrived in downtown Milwaukee to a crowd of thousands to support Tom Barrett for Governor, and Malon Mitchell for Lieutenant Governor. President Clinton encouraged the crowd to vote against Governor Scott Walker because he has “governed without compromise.”

    Milwaukee Mayor Barrett added that government needs to represent us. Other speakers included state senators Lena Taylor and Jon Erpenbach as well as Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore.

    Clinton told the audience, “Ordinarily I’m against recall elections…but sometimes it is the only way to avoid a disastrous course.”

    Clinton encouraged the audience to get out to vote and send a message to these out of state groups pouring so much money into Wisconsin against the Recall election. He went on to say, “If you don’t vote,” these outside groups are thinking, “You see we’ve got them now- we finally are going to break every union, we’re going to break every government in America, we’re going to stop thinking about the middle class, we don’t give a rip whether the poor people can work their way into it, we got our way now, we got it all. Divide and conquer works.” Clinton challenged the crowd, “You tell them no! Wisconsin is never about that, never will be about that!”

    Scott Walker campaigned the same day with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who calls herself a “union buster” and considers her state’s low union membership rate an economic development tool.

    As the Recall battle reaches a fever pitch with mere days remaining before the vote on June 5th, outside political dollars are pushing Governor’s Walkers campaign coffers to over $31 million, approximately 8 times the amount brought in by Barrett supporters. A recent debate between Walker and Barrett provided additional political fire. Topics covered included jobs, conflicting job numbers, collective bargaining, right-to-work, and the on-going John Doe probe into Walker’s campaign as a Milwaukee County Executive and also while Governor. Many have speculated the probe is against Governor Walker himself. His office has set up a criminal defense fund- the only governor to do so in the United Sates. Current polls show both candidates are within striking distance. For Walker, winning would be validation of his governorship and his GOP ideology which is supported by many out of state groups. For Barrett, it would be an unprecedented victory against overwhelming campaign financial odds, overcome with Wisconsin grassroots advocacy. In the end, total voting turnout will be the true deciding factor.

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