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Strong opinions in towns outside Madison

WATERTOWN, Wis. (WKOW) -- The bill curtailing state workers' union rights have drawn mass protests in Madison, but there are equally strong opinions in Wisconsin's smaller towns.

The city of Watertown has a population of about 23,000 and is approximately 40 miles from the state Capitol. Voters in Watertown supported Democrat Barack Obama in 2008, but strongly backed Republican Scott Walker in last year's governor's race.

Walker's supporters in Watertown say they elected him for a reason and they don't want him to back down to the protesters. 51-year-old Dorlene Schroeder, a private elementary school teacher, says she is happy with Walker, but upset at Senate Democrats who fled Wisconsin Thursday to delay a vote on the bill. Schroeder says they need to come back to the Capitol and do their jobs.

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