- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke both scored points and avoided any major gaffes in the first of two gubernatorial debates.

Walker laid out his case Friday during the debate in Eau Claire for why he deserves a second term, noting that the state has added more than 100,000 jobs and he’s returned about $2 billion in tax cuts.

But Burke says Walker has failed to live up to his promises, divided the state and does not have the interest of average Wisconsin residents at heart.

She says it’s time for a new direction.

Walker defended not taking federal Medicaid expansion money, something Burke says was unwise and will cost taxpayers. She also spoke for raising the minimum wage, something Walker opposes.

They debate again Oct. 17.

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