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Barrett, Walker fight over John Doe, crime and jobs in final debate

By Kay Nolan, June 1, 2012

Kay Nolan is a contributing writer for WisPolitics.com. This article ran in the June 1, 2012 issue.

MILWAUKEE — With an historic recall election only days away, underdog Tom Barrett accused Scott Walker of using “Willie Horton stuff” while the Republican governor fended off Barrett’s charges he couldn’t be trusted.

“My integrity has always been high,” Walker said at the final of two debates before Tuesday’s recall election. The statewide televised debate was co-sponsored by WisPolitics.com.

Walker pushed Barrett in Thursday night’s debate at Marquette Law School before a live audience to release records to detail the extent that violent crimes were misreported in the city of Milwaukee, while the mayor countered his GOP opponent should turn over emails to shed more light on the John Doe probe that has ensnared his former county exec aides.