MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker is using President Barack Obama’s visit to Madison to once again criticize a high-speed rail project in Wisconsin.
The state was awarded $810 million in federal stimulus money to build the rail line linking Madison and Milwaukee. Walker calls it a waste of money and said if elected he will stop it, even though U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that can’t be done.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett supports the train, in part, because it’s expected to create 5,500 construction jobs over the next three years. Barrett plans to attend Obama’s rally Tuesday afternoon on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
Walker said the president’s visit shows that Barrett’s campaign is struggling and in need of help.