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Walker calls recall election 'baseless recall'

CREATED Jan 17, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 17, 2012

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Click here to listen to Gov. Scott Walker on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes"

MADISON - "It is a baseless recall."

With that, Gov. Scott Walker gave his reaction to the submission of hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions to bring about a recall election against Walker on Tuesday.

Signatures were turned into the Government Accountability Board at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.  The GAB is expected to go through, verify signatures and remove duplicate or false signatures.

"We're going to get a chance to do what's never been done before: be elected twice in the same term."

Speaking from New York, Walker gave his thoughts on the political climate surrounding the debate, including reported disruptions of his appearance at a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event in Madison.

"It's one thing to inform a debate with a difference of opinion.  It's completely different to disrupt the debate.  That's what you have, particularly when you have people from out of state with out of state money...driven by big government unions."

If it turns out to be successful, it would be only the third time a governor would be recalled in American history.

The recalls were expected to cost the state $9 million.

The latest Public Policy poll information, released Tuesday, said that current Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett would be the leading candidate against Walker, but no candidate has stepped forward to declare their run against Walker.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ has extended an invitation for the Wisconsin Democratic Party to respond.