SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he's using Illinois and its many problems as an argument for keeping him in office.
The first-term Republican faces a recall election in June primarily because he restricted union bargaining rights for state employees.
Walker spoke to Illinois business groups on Tuesday to defend his record. He said that unlike Illinois leaders, he has put Wisconsin on sound financial footing without raising taxes or worsening unemployment.
Walker told reporters the event was a campaign stop meant to show voters that his ouster could mean Illinois-style problems will hit Wisconsin.
Union members with a 20-foot inflatable rat protested outside. Inside, the crowd inside greeted Walker with extended standing ovations.
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