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White House: Obama to be in Milwaukee on Labor DaySubmitted: 08/28/2014
White House: Obama to be in Milwaukee on Labor Day
Story By Associated Press

- The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Milwaukee on Monday to speak at a Labor Day event. It gave no specifics about the event.

A spokesman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said she will attend Laborfest on Monday. Burke won't take the stage with President Obama.

Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki says it is not appropriate for Burke to speak at the rally Obama is attending because it is an official White House event and not a campaign rally. Zepecki says Burke has invited Obama to return for a campaign event before the election and is optimistic that will happen.


The Wisconsin governor's race is one of the most watched in the country, as Gov. Scott Walker seeks a second term after surviving a recall election. Walker, who rose to national prominence after effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers, is also eyeing a run for president in 2016.

Two months from the election, polls show Burke in a dead heat with Walker.

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