UPDATE: Mitt Romney Plans Wisconsin Visit Next Week; Will Stop In Janesville

UPDATED Friday, June 15, 2012 --- 10:15 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker will be joining Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he campaigns in Janesville on Monday.

Walker's campaign spokesman Tom Evenson says Walker will be with Romney for the stop at Monterey Mills. It is Romney's first visit to the state since he won the GOP primary in April. It also comes about two weeks after Walker won a recall election.

Walker said in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that his recall victory provides no assurance Republicans would carry Wisconsin in November. He said Mitt Romney "has a shot" in Wisconsin but has to appeal to more than just Republicans and needs to hone his economic message.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, frequently mentioned as a possible Romney running mate, also plans to be at the Janesville event.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


UPDATED Friday, June 15, 2012 --- 9:00 a.m.

As we reported earlier this week, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in Janesville on Monday.

According to mittromney.com, he'll appear in Janesville at 9:00 a.m. at Monterey Mills. Monterey Mills is North America's largest sliver knitter and paint roller fabric supplier.


UPDATED Thursday, June 14, 2012 --- 12:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Mitt Romney plans to campaign at a Janesville manufacturer on Monday as part of his six-state bus tour.

A source close to the Romney presidential campaign who requested anonymity because the campaign had not officially released the details said Thursday that Romney will be at Monterey Mills in Janesville.

The source says U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, who is from Janesville and a potential vice presidential pick, will also appear with Romney.

Romney's bus tour begins Friday in New Hampshire and concludes Tuesday in Michigan.

The Wisconsin stop marks the first time Romney has campaigned in the state since winning the primary in April. It comes less than two weeks after Gov. Scott Walker won a recall election, bolstering Republicans' hopes for the presidential race.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


UPDATED Monday, June 11, 2012--6:10p.m.

MADISON--While Wisconsinites won't be able to officially support either presidential candidate until this fall, the battle for the hearts and minds of badger state voters has already begun."We're likely to see an awful lot of visits and campaign commercials," said Professor Charles Franklin, the director of the Marquette Law School Poll.

That starts now: Mitt Romney's campaign has announced plans to come to Wisconsin June 18th. The expected Republican presidential nominee will be hitting several states as part of a five-day bus tour they're calling "Every Town Counts". His campaign isn't saying yet where he'll be stopping, but we spoke with Brian Schimming, one of our political analysts, and he said he heard from Romney's camp that Romney will be visiting Janesville.

The President is also reaching out to Wisconsinites: today he's doing interviews with television crews from some swing states, that includes a Green Bay station.

"We probably still lean a little bit Democratic," said Franklin. "But it's close enough that it's likely to become a hard-fought battleground and if public opinion should shift, if the opinion about the economy should turn a little more sour, I think we could move to a true toss-up."

So, if you were hoping for several months free of political posturing--you're out of luck. "We'll see an enormous amount of ads on the airwaves come the fall, there's no question about that," said Franklin. "And we may even see a good bit of presidential ads in the mid to late summer."

Professor Franklin also predicts we'll see a fair amount of the candidates on the ground here too. "As for visits, I think we'll see quite a few," he said. "I think it's likely that we will have both candidates coming through more than once."


Posted Monday, June 11, 2012 --- 8:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to stop in Wisconsin next week as part of a five-day bus tour.

Romney's campaign announced the bus tour and the Wisconsin stop on June 18 but did not release the exact location or other details. Romney is scheduled to be in Iowa on the same day.

The bus tour is billed as a chance for Romney to meet with families and business owners in small towns across six states. The tour begins Friday in New Hampshire with other stops planned in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

The Wisconsin visit will mark the first time Romney has been in the state since winning the primary in April. It comes less than two weeks after Republican Gov. Scott Walker won a recall election.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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