Ryan, Walker tout their roles in landing Foxconn plant

August 1, 2017 GMT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans who helped close the deal to bring electronics giant Foxconn to the United States are looking to tout their involvement through a new burst of online advertising.

Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched digital ad campaigns Tuesday. Walker spearheaded negotiations with Taiwan-based Foxconn and called on Ryan to meet with company officials, which plan to invest $10 billion on a display panel plant in Ryan’s southeast Wisconsin congressional district.

Both Ryan and Walker are up for re-election next year. Walker on Friday toured the state to talk about the plant and the promised 13,000 jobs to be hired over six years.

Critics have questioned $3 billion in state incentives and whether Foxconn will follow through on its promises.