Presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney spent Monday campaigning in Wisconsin, where he was joined by Gov. Scott Walker and other prominent state Republicans, according to the Associated Press. He caused a stir at an event in Janesville after telling attendees that he predicts that he is going to carry Wisconsin in the November elections and win the presidency.
"We're going to win Wisconsin and we're going to get in the White House," Romney said.
Here are some of the key details to emerge from Romney's campaign stops in Wisconsin on Monday.
* Wisconsin Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Walker himself, told the media that they feel Romney's chances of winning the state are better than they were before, because of Walker's success in beating back recall efforts earlier this month.
* A poll by Rasmussen Reports last week placed Romney and President Barack Obama in a virtual dead heat, with Romney showing a lead of just 3 percentage points. Last week's poll was the first to show Romney with a lead over Obama in Wisconsin.
* As he has during previous stops on this particular bus tour, Romney reportedly focused on the economy during his remarks. He told supporters on Monday that Obama has completely mismanaged the nation's economic recovery, saying,"If there's ever been a president who has not been able to provide the American people a fair shot, it's this president," as quoted by Bloomberg News.
* Democratic strategist David Goodfriend, speaking to MSNBC on Monday, asserted that Romney has a built-in disadvantage when speaking in Wisconsin about the economy, since he has consistently said that he was against the bailouts of GM and Chrysler. Janesville had a GM plant until 2009, when it was closed.
* The Associated Press reported that Walker, in introducing Romney at Monday's event in Janesville, reminded attendees that the state's overall unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2008, but said that those gains were the result of good policies on the state level, not any interventions on the part of the president.
* A Republican presidential candidate hasn't won in Wisconsin since 1984, but Bloomberg News noted that former President George W. Bush came within a few thousand votes of carrying the state in both the 2000 and 2004 elections.
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