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Reince Priebus on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- President Obama is now leading the polls in Wisconsin by an average of eight points over Mitt Romney, but its clear Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus isn't giving up the fight here.

Neither is the Obama campaign.

"Its very much part of our campaign strategy, we believe we can't win re-election to the White House without Wisconsin on our side and we're taking it very seriously," said Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter.

Cutter and Priebus are the featured guests on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

"The difference I think is that over the last several months is that, the Republicans have just had far more volunteers and people working in Wisconsin and if you look at the Democratic National Committee, our counterpart in Washington, they're essentially broke," said Priebus. 

Money may not be enough to help Mitt Romney turn things around, but both sides believe a good debate performance might be.

In fact, the Obama campaign apparently expects Romney to have a remarkable performance.

"It was just reported that he did five mock debates in 48 hours.  So he's taking it very seriously and expectations are high for him.  He has to win this first debate, most challengers do.  Just the fact that he's standing on the same stage as the President elevates him, so we expect him to win this first debate," said Cutter.

And as Wisconsin's U.S. Senate candidates are set to have their first debate, Priebus is confident Tommy Thompson will prevail in the election, despite those polls that say otherwise.

"I think that Tommy Thompson's like a brand, its like Harley Davidson, Miller Lite, Tommy Thompson.  I think he's one of our best pick up opportunities in America.  I think we will pick up that seat and I think Tommy Thompson's going to be the Senator from Wisconsin," said Priebus.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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