Gov. Walker to join President Obama for Wisconsin visit

MADISON (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker plans to greet President Barack Obama in Milwaukee on Wednesday and accompany him on a visit to Master Lock.

Walker's spokesman Chris Schrimpf confirmed Tuesday that Walker will meet the president at the tarmac and join him on the company visit.

Walker has been attempting to tie the effort to recall him from office with Obama's re-election plans and hopes of winning Wisconsin like he did in 2008.

Walker has been telling supporters that a victory for him in a recall would be a "devastating blow" for Obama's chances at re-election.

In a speech to conservatives Friday in Washington, Walker also criticized Obama for comments the president made last year during the uproar over Walker's proposal limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers.