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UPDATE: Obama and Romney speeches could have impact in Wisconsin


MADISON (WKOW) -- President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney both gave their pitches on how to improve the economy in Ohio today.

Their words are being much more closely monitored here in Wisconsin where the race for the White House is tightening.

But neither the President, nor his opponent, offered much that was new.

President Obama focused on a jobs plan he put forth last November.

"A bill filled with bipartisan ideas, that according to independent economists, would create up to one million new jobs if passed today," said President Obama.

Romney said that bill failed because it wouldn't work, much like the President's other economic initiatives.

"Don't forget, he's been President for three and a half years and talk is cheap," said Romney.  "Action speaks very loud."

Voters in Wisconsin may not have learned much Thursday, but they are paying attention now that the recall election for Governor is over.

"And I think the campaigns' themselves will give us more to pay attention to, as for example, Governor Romney's campaign trip through Wisconsin this next week," said Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette University Law School Poll.

Romney plans a visit to Janesville next Monday on the heels of the first independent poll showing him leading President Obama here in Wisconsin.

That poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, shows Romney with a 47-44 point lead over the President.

But voters we talked to say its too early for that to matter.

"I think it will be close back and forth and I don't find polls very reliable, really, so, I don't pay attention to them that much," said voter Kyle Rogers.

"I thought it was really interesting the way that the nation looked to Wisconsin as a bellwether and yet, what they found was a mixed bag," said voter John Eich.

That's because even though Republican Governor Scott Walker won his recall election, President Obama fared better than Romney in the election exit polls.

"Its the little irony that, just as Governor Walker wanted to talk about Wisconsin's economy doing well, now its President Obama and the Democrats who want to talk about the economy doing well," said Franklin.  "Again, the economy isn't everything, but it sure beats what comes in second place."

In a composite of all the polls conducted in Wisconsin over the last month, President Obama still holds a three point lead over Mitt Romney, but that's down from five points in mid-May.


MADISON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will both give speeches to promote their economic plans in the battleground state of Ohio Tuesday afternoon.

The speeches come just a day after a new poll released by Rasmussen Reports, a Republican polling firm, shows that Romney has a 47 percent - 44 percent lead over President Obama in Wisconsin.

It's the first independent poll to give Romney a lead in the state, and it comes just one week after Republican Governor Scott Walker's recall victory over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

It is a signal that Wisconsin is most definitely in play for November, and undecided voters will likely be listening closely to what Obama and Romney have to say in Ohio.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have reaction to the latest poll and the candidates' economic plans on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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