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Gov. Walker denies downplaying job creation goal

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker said Wednesday he is not trying to get voters to forget his campaign promise from 2010 to create a quarter-million private sector jobs in his four-year term.

The Republican Walker has completed almost two-thirds of his term – but only one-third of the new jobs he promised have been created.

State Democrats have been asking why Walker has abandoned his campaign promise, but the governor insists he has done no such thing.

After an appearance in Milwaukee Wednesday, Walker told reporters he has not changed his stance – but he now calls the quarter-million job promise a “goal” – a “big, bold, aggressive goal.”

Walker says he uses the word “goal” because it won’t be known until later in 2015 how many jobs will have been created through the end of ’14.

Since his recall election campaign, Walker has highlighted the state’s unemployment rate – which is lower than the nation’s.

Wednesday, he told a meeting of the Competitive Wisconsin group that the state’s jobless rate plunged from 9.2 percent at the height of the recession in 2009 to 6.8 percent in June.

Walker told the business leaders, “We feel good about the future.”