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GOP presidential candidates campaign in Wis.


WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- The Republican presidential candidates covered a lot of ground in Wisconsin Friday.

Frontrunner Mitt Romney visited Lawrence University in Appleton. That's where Romney picked up an endorsement from Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. During his speech, Romney criticized what he calls Obama's government-centered society.

"In a government-centered society, government dispenses the benefits, borrows what it can't take and consumes a greater share of the total economy," Romney said.

Romney will make a stop at a Milwaukee fish fry Friday night.

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum made appearances Hudson, Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. He's coming off a big win in Louisiana. He says he's not surprised by Congressman Ryan's endorsement of Romney.

While in Hudson, Santorum said he's counting on his secret weapon: voters.

"The people out there, who the Romney campaign have referred to as -- I think they used the term a week or so ago -- that all the significant people in the Republican party have spoken," Santorum said. "Well, Wisconsin is now going to show that there are significant people here in Wisconsin, too, who think they have to be heard from."

Santorum will make another campaign stop in Weston Friday night.

And Newt Gingrich made a morning campaign stop at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh this morning. During his speech, he criticized Obama for what he's done or failed to do while in office so far, Gingrich says Obama has the worst job creation record since the Great Depression and hasn't done enough to cut down on the government's trillion dollars of debt.

"The president would like to dictate what kind of healthcare you have, what kind of care you drive, and basically to strive to define for you what you're allowed to say and believe," Gingrich said.

Gingrich also visited his campaign's headquarters in Green Bay and plans to attend a brats and beer rally Friday night.

Ron Paul made an appearance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Thursday night.

Wisconsin's Republican presidential primary is on Tuesday, April 3.

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