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Governor Walker, Mary Burke Talk John Doe Emails, Job Creation

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said Governor Walker "needs to answer the questions" in her first public comments after the release of more than 27,000 documents in the closed John Doe investigation.

"I'm just disappointed our governor set such a low bar for campaign ethics," Burke said Monday morning in Appleton. "As governor I'm going to make sure I bring back the trust and honesty that we deserve for the highest office."

Walker spent the weekend at the National Governors Association winter meeting answering questions from national reporters.

"It's one of those things they want to just keep pushing this issue into the forefront," Walker said on FOX News Sunday, referring to national Democrats. "Because in the end the folks running against us can't counter our positive message when it comes to the economy and creating budget surpluses."

Walker wouldn't say whether he knew about the secret email system used by aides in his office while he was Milwaukee County executive. Emails indicate he may have.

"I'm not going to go through every detail because that would distract me from my ability to be an effective governor in the state," Walker said.

Monday Burke said she's running to restore trust among Wisconsin voters.

"I think people have lost their confidence in politicians just because of things like this," she said.

What both Burke and Walker are talking about is jobs and Wisconsin's economy, yet talking in vastly different terms.

"Private sector job growth is the best from April through December of last year than it's been since 1994," Walker said on FOX News Sunday.

For her part, Burke spent part of Monday morning talking with small business workers in Appleton's city center.

"Under Governor Walker, we are trailing the nation, we're trailing every other state around us in terms of job creation," she said.

Burke has yet to release her jobs plan. She said she'll make it public in the next month or two.

"I want to make sure this is a great plan," she said. "That it has been vetted, that we have the best people working on it, and as I said, this will not only be a plan that I will campaign with, it's a plan I'm going to govern with."

Walker, who likely won't meet his promise of creating 250,000 jobs in his first term, shifts attention in Washington.

"We're gonna stay focused on the things we were elected to do, which is more budget surpluses which we announced last month," he said. "To ultimately be in a place where we could see the unemployment rate go down, more people working in our state."

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