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Mary Burke won't appear on stage with President Obama in Milwaukee

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker's Democratic opponent says she will not appear on stage with President Obama on Monday in Milwaukee.

Right after Mary Burke's campaign said that, Republicans accused her of ducking her party's president due to his 45 percent approval rating in Wisconsin.

Burke campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki said that's not it at all -- and she has invited Obama to appear with her sometime before the November 4th election.

Later, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said it was told by a Democratic National Committee official that Obama will indeed appear with Burke this fall. Burke said she's not a state or Milwaukee elected official, so it makes no sense for her to speak at the same occasion with the president.

State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate said he agreed. He said it was appropriate for Walker's opponent to appear with Obama the last time he spoke at LaborFest in 2010. 

That's because Democrat Tom Barrett was the mayor of Milwaukee, and still is. Both Burke and Obama are attending Milwaukee's LaborFest on Monday -- and the two plan a private meeting at that time.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)