Gov. Walker, Mary Burke campaign on heels of first gubernatorial debate

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- After going head-to-head in their first debate Friday, Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are back on the campaign trail.

Two dozen Latinos gathered at a private home in Racine on Sunday, October 12th for a meet-and-greet with Burke.

After making an appearance Saturday at UW-Milwaukee with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, this is the first time Burke is answering questions directly from voters since the debate.

With help from an interpreter, Burke also fielded questions about issues important to Latinos -- including a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States illegally.

"I think this is an issue that is important to the U.S. economy.  Unfortunately, Congress hasn`t done anything productive to take this up," said Burke.

Burke also reiterated her stance on raising the minimum wage. She says doing so will help strengthen the state economy -- and she says she has support for businesses like Culver's.

"I think what has been proposed the $10.10 an hour with three steps is very reasonable - the money goes right back into our economy - usually local businesses," said Burke.

In his first appearance since the debate, Gov. Walker was in Green Bay for a brewery expansion.

"We had a good time talking with the people of this state and I look forward to next Friday," said Gov. Walker.

Walker defended state job growth -- which has been a central issue leading up to the election. Walker says he's confident a new jobs report released this week will show Wisconsin is on the right path.

"I think by next week, we`ll see even more updated numbers from September.  Just as we`ve seen in the last two months, we ranked in the top 5 in the Midwest not where my opponent keeps repeating that false myth out there," said Walker.