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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

 11:11 PM 

Ribble surprised by margin of victory

Reid Ribble says he wasn't expecting his margin of victory in the 8th CD primary today, but said the size of his win will "make it easier to pull everyone together."

The former roofing contractor said his positive message "on the things that matter to voters" was the difference in the primary, and that he doesn't expect his message will change much heading into his race against U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen.

"The things that concern me and got my off my chair into this race don't change," Ribble told WisPolitics by phone from Green Bay. He said his message would be broader, but also would focus on the votes of the incumbent Appleton Dem.

"There's a tendancy for the congressman to come to the district and feign as if he's Ronald Reagan," Ribble said, only to return to Washington to vote with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Kagen's opening salvo in the general election predicted that 8th CD voters would not "give the car keys back to anyone who promotes the losing policies of the past that drove our economy into the ditch," but Ribble said he's more than willing to contrast the country's unemployment and deficit levels with Kagen's first election to Congress.

"There are plenty of ways that the congressman has contributed to the ditch that the economy is trapped in," Ribble said.

-- By Andy Szal

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