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Gov. Scott Walker kicks off re-election campaign Tuesday

DANE, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he deserves another four years in office because he turned Wisconsin around in his first four.

The Republican Walker kicked off his re-election campaign Tuesday morning at a manufacturing plant at Dane, northwest of Madison.

Walker said he cut taxes, gave access to health insurance to those in poverty, and created over 100,000 new jobs. He also mentioned a tuition freeze at the UW, which he wants to extend for another two years if he wins.  

Governor Walker also vowed to keep putting tax relief "back into the hands of the people who earned it."  

By touting the creation of 100,000 jobs in Wisconsin during his first term -- Democrats quickly pounced on it.

The Democratic Governors Association and the campaign group "Emily's List" noted that Walker never reached the halfway point of the 250,000 jobs he promised to create when he ran for office in 2010.

In a joint statement, the groups also said Walker is, "one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors in the nation."  

Walker announced his re-election plans at a plant in Dane, near Madison -- and he's spreading that news during appearances in most of Wisconsin's TV markets, ending up at State Fair Park near Milwaukee.  

About 200 people attended his initial rally, where the governor was joined by his lieutenant Rebecca Kleefisch. Similar rallies were planned Tuesday in Green Bay, La Crosse, Chippewa Falls and Schofield.

Walker's announcement also includes a new TV with his new campaign slogan, "Wisconsin is back on."  

His Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, reiterated that Wisconsin is 35th in the nation in the pace of its private sector job creation. The former Trek Bicycle executive said, "Walker's game plan has failed."

The announcement comes on the first day that candidates can circulate nomination papers for the fall partisan elections.  

Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barrett by almost six percentage points in 2010, and by seven points in his 2012 recall election.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)