Watch the first TV ad from Scott Walker's campaign:
MADISON, WI – Following Mary Burke’s first campaign ad which deliberately misrepresents Wisconsin’s unemployment statistics, Friends of Scott Walker has released a TV ad, “The Facts,” setting the record straight.It's pretty bad that Mary Burke's first ad is packed with lies. Right out of the gate, she's revealed to be deceptive and dishonest. That's not a good way to kick off a campaign.
The 30-second ad highlights the fact that since Governor Walker took office, unemployment is down to 6.3 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2008. The ad also notes that Wisconsin now has 100,000 more jobs.
“In her first chance to introduce herself to voters, Mary Burke led off with a lie,” said Stephan Thompson, Friends of Scott Walker Campaign Manager. “With a job creation record as abysmal as Burke’s, it comes as no surprise she would mislead voters.”
Contrary to Mary Burke’s claims, the only time Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was greater than the national average in the last twenty-five years was when she was commerce secretary in the Doyle administration.
Script: “The Facts”
Announcer: “Let’s Fact Check Mary Burke’s very first TV Ad.BACKGROUND:
Burke Commercial Clip: “Under Walker, unemployment’s up.”
Announcer: “Quite the contrary, Mary.
“When Governor Walker took office, the unemployment rate was 7.8%.
“Today it’s 6.3, the lowest it’s been since 2008.
“Over 100,000 more jobs.
“So why would you start your campaign out with a lie?
“Unemployment’s going down under Walker,
“And we can’t trust Mary Burke.”
As Of December 2013, Wisconsin’s Unemployment Rate Was 6.3 Percent. This is the lowest the rate has been since 2008. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 3/5/14)
When Walker Entered Office Wisconsin’s Unemployment Rate Was 7.8 Percent. (December 2010, U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 3/5/14)
Over 100,000 jobs were added under Governor Walker. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages and State and Area Employment, Hours, and Earnings, www.bls.gov, Accessed 1/23/14)