MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Gov. Scott Walker is releasing his first television ad in the governor's race, pushing back against Democratic challenger Mary Burke's message that unemployment has gone up under his watch.
The Republican incumbent launched his first ad on Friday, the same day that Burke was running her initial spot.
Walker's ad takes aim at Burke's claim that unemployment has gone up under Walker.
Unemployment was 7.8 percent when Walker took office. It is 6.3 percent now.
However, unemployment never went higher than 4.8 percent when Burke was Wisconsin's commerce secretary between 2005 and 2007.
Burke campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki says the fact that unemployment was lower when Burke was commerce secretary than now is inconvenient for Walker.