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Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Republicans argue Obama has 'Wisconsin problem' ahead of Milwaukee visit

Putting out a pre-emptive strike on the president's visit to Milwaukee today, Republicans argued Barack Obama's visit is a sign he has a "Wisconsin problem."

Publicly released polls out this week have shown Obama with a lead on Mitt Romney of anywhere from 3 to 14 percentage points. But Republicans jumped on Obama's first visit to Wisconsin in 220 days as a sign he has work to do here.

"This election must be about who can best lead America to overcome its greatest challenges, and on every important measure President Obama has failed us over the last four years," Gov. Scott Walker said in statement. "It’s time for a change, and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have the vision and experience required to confront our challenges and lead us toward prosperity for future generations."

The state GOP called it a "last gasp stop," while Tommy Thompson's campaign and the NRSC sought to link the president and U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin.

Romney's state campaign manager Danny O'Driscoll sent a memo to reporters stressing figures on the unemployment rate, poverty, food stamp enrollment, and the debt and deficit, while pointing out Republican gains in Wisconsin since 2008, including Walker winning the guv's office, Ron Johnson winning a U.S. Senate seat, taking control of the state Assembly and winning two House seats from Dems. He also took a shot at the president for failing to campaign in Wisconsin for Tom Barrett leading up to the failed recall attempt of Walker.

"After two visits from Vice President Joe Biden and visits from Michelle Obama, Kathleen Sibelius, and Ken Salazar, it is clear Democrats are finally acknowledging what has been evident for some time: President Obama has a Wisconsin problem," O'Driscoll wrote.

-- By JR Ross


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