MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) and his Democratic challenger Tom Barrett met face-to-face Thursday night for the final time before next Tuesday's recall election.
The verbal sparring between the two took place at Marquette University Law School and is the main topic of this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.
In a debate that covered a wide range of topics and included a lot of personal attacks, Gov. Scott Walker tried to focus things on his fiscal reforms.
"The Mayor wants to go back to a system, where a handful of special interests dictated things at the county, city, the school district and the state level. I think that's wrong," Gov. Walker said.
But, Tom Barrett turned the tables, saying the Governor went about his reforms the wrong way.
"You did try to divide and conquer Scott, you did," Barrett told Gov. Walker. "You wanted to pit people against each other because that's the way you operate."
Barrett also called out the Governor for attacking him in an ad about a child that died in Milwaukee after being abused.
The television commercial states that Mayor Barrett's Milwaukee Police Department entered the child's death into its records as a non-violent crime.
"And you're running that commercial. You tell me if you think I had anything to do with that," Barrett said to Gov. Walker, nearly shouting. "I'll tell you right now, I had nothing to do with that. Look at that commercial. You should be ashamed of that commercial Scott Walker."
Gov. Walker responded without hesitation.
"No, but the reason we're running that spot, is because all throughout the primary campaign, you told people that the key reason they should vote for you is that your leadership in the City of Milwaukee brought about a drop in violent crime. The violent crime has not gone down," countered Gov. Walker.
In the second half of the show, Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will be joined by two fellow capitol reporters, Clay Barbour of the Wisconsin State Journal and Jessica VanEgeren of the Madison Capital Times.
They will discuss the the campaigns of Governor Scott Walker and Tom Barrett as they head into the home stretch.
Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
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