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COPY-Gov. Walker one-on-one on Capitol City Sunday

MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he feels as confident and optimistic as he has since taking office.

He is the featured guest on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

The latest projection from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue shows the state will have added just 38,000 jobs in the past two years.

But Governor Walker says he is not taking his focus off of his promise of creating 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term.

"Whether it's with my opponents, who want to cynically try and get off track, or whether it's some of my own party who want to talk about other issues to distract from it, I believe I was elected to hone in on these issues, to help the people create more jobs, to connect the people to where the work is," said Governor Walker, who sat down for an interview with Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann on Wednesday.

In the last week, the Governor has had to answer a lot of questions about reducing gun violence.

He says the best way to do that is to improve the state's mental health system.

"If someone is suffering from mental illness, if they're severely out of balance, we need a system to identify that up front and if we don't have that, that's where these problems come in, so I think there can be some tweaks," said Gov. Walker. 

But all in all, the Governor says he feels good going forward, especially since he doesn't have to worry about any more recall elections.

"It's a night and day difference," said Gov. Walker.  "No doubt optimism, not just for me and not just because I won or anything, its not a cocky kind of confidence, its just, we're past it.  The people have moved on.  I think there's a general sense of optimism in the state," said Gov. Walker.

Sunday's show will also feature an interview with Peter Biermeier from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, who talks about the Wisconsin Sporting Heritage Act, which will allow hunting and trapping in state parks.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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