Romney predicts win in Wisconsin

Nickalas Tabbert

Mitt Romney is predicting a win in Wisconsin this November, using the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker as confidence.

“President Obama just assumed from the very beginning that Wisconsin was going to be his,” Romney said Monday at a campaign stop in Janesville.  “But you know what?  We’re going to win Wisconsin and we’re going to get in the White House.”

 Romney, who spoke alongside Walker, is hoping to reverse a trend in the state that has been controlled by Democratic candidates in elections since 1984, Fox News said.  Obama carried the state by 14 points in the 2008 election. 

But after the recall survival, Republicans are looking at the state in a new light.

The stop opened the fourth day of a five-day bus tour of six battleground states, including New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio.

Though Democratic in 2008, Walker and Republicans swept into power in 2010, turning the entire state Legislature to their side and knocking Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold from office, The Associated Press said.

Walker, who introduced Romney, said Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008.  He credited the state’s Republican legislators – not Obama’s policies.

“It is my honor to still be the 45th governor of the great state of Wisconsin.  And it’s my honor to be on the stage with the man I hope is the 45th president of these United States,” Walker said.  “We’ve turned things around in Wisconsin.  It’s time to elect a leader who can turn things around for America.”

Obama avoided the state during the recall election, never campaigning for the Democratic candidate Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.  Neither candidate has run a TV advertisement in the state.