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Over 1,000 rally in support of Wis. Gov. Walker

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WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) -- Former Gov. Tommy Thompson gave a fiery speech as more than 1,000 people gathered in a Wauwatosa park Saturday to rally in support of Gov. Scott Walker, who's facing a recall effort.

Thompson told the crowd Walker "stood up to the union bosses, turned the state around and created opportunity."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reports (http://bit.ly/x2RkJ7) Thompson told them Walker would fulfill a promise to create 250,000 jobs in his first term if he holds on to his job.

A counter-rally just outside the park drew around 100 Walker critics.

Walker opponents on Tuesday said they turned in more than 1.9 million signatures to recall Walker and five other Republicans. Walker touched off weeks of protests last year with a proposal, now law, taking away public unions' bargaining rights.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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