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Thursday, March 22, 2012

 10:10 AM 

Ann Romney makes campaign stop in Middleton

Ann Romney told a small crowd outside the Middleton Public Library this morning that after her husband dropped out of the GOP race in 2008, "I was not going to do this again."

But despite the attacks and misrepresentations that come with a presidential campaign, Romney said she changed her mind because "this country is worth fighting for."

"We're fighting about ideas and we're fighting for the future of America," Romney said.

She said the country risks passing on an "almost unserviceable debt" to future generations, touting Mitt Romney's work resolving fiscal issues in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and as governor of Massachusetts.

"He's going to apply those same principles to the presidency," Romney said.

She added she's glad Wisconsin faces an important primary decision following Romney's victory in the Illinois GOP primary on Tuesday.

"We're looking at starting to feel like this is coming to a close soon," Romney said.

The former Massachusetts first lady is also set to appear today at a diner in Milwaukee.

A handful of protesters also attended the Middleton event, but stayed quiet during her brief speech.

One man held a sign taped to a broomstick reading, "Mitt swept our jobs away to Red China. Shame!"

Another wore a t-shirt reading, "My other car is two Cadillacs, too" -- a reference to a comment the former governor made about his wife's cars during a stop in Michigan last month.

-- By Andy Szal

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