JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- In his first Wisconsin campaign stop since winning the Republican presidential primary here in April, Mitt Romney stumped at a textile factory in Janesville Monday morning.
Romney's chances in the state got a big boost from the mere appearance of Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin), fresh off of his recall victory.
"We need someone to standup and lead and turn this country around," Gov. Walker told the crowd of about 200 at the Monterrey Mills textile factory.
Gov. Walker said his embrace of the former Massachusetts Governor came after a recent meeting with him and some area small business owners.
"I think he said all the right things and he's really listening to people. I think that's something that gives him an advantage over the President," said Gov. Walker.
Only slightly distracted by the complete lack of air conditioning which turned the factory into a sauna, Romney took aim at President Barack Obama, turning his own words against him.
The President said in a speech last week that everyone in America deserves a fair shot.
"Do you think that when the President spends trillions of dollars more than we take in and passes those debts onto the next generation, that those kids, those people of the next generation, are they gonna get a fair shot," Romney asked the crowd.
Romney also accused President Obama of avoiding his own record on jobs and the economy.
"Last time his campaign slogan was hope and change, this time we're going with we're hoping to change the subject," said Romney.
Romney's supporters like what they heard.
"I think we're starting to warm up to Governor Romney. I really think that we're starting to realized that his message is strong," said Ryun Bibro, a Rock County small business owner.
"Obama does not give anybody a fair shot, in fact they're making everybody more dependent on the government, which, we don't want to see," added Lucinda Beckmann of Sun Prairie.
If Romney does win Wisconsin in November, he would be the first Republican presidential candidate to do so in a general election since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- With the visible support of Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin), GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told supporters at a Janesville factory Monday morning that Americans are not getting a fair shot with President Barack Obama.
Talking to a crowd of a few hundred Republicans at Monterrey Mills, a textile manufacturer, Romney was joined by not only Gov. Walker, but also Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) and Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus.
Romney spoke for about 20 minutes, hammering President Obama on jobs and the economy and predicting that he will beat him in Wisconsin this November.
The campaign stop was part of Romney's six-state tour through the Midwest this week.
Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann was at today's event and will have reports on 27 News at 5 and 6.
JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits Janesville Monday, hoping to capitalize on a big Republican victory in Wisconsin's recall election.
Romney will visit the state for the first time since Governor Scott Walker survived the recall, the first governor in history to do so. Wisconsin hasn't voted for a Republican president since 1984.
Romney is expected to visit Monterey Mills in Janesville Monday morning. He'll appear with Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, the architect of the House Republicans' budget plan and a potential vice presidential pick.
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