VIDEO REPORT: Romney Predicts He'll Win Wisconsin

UPDATED Monday, June 18, 2012--3:30p.m.
JANESVILLE--Earlier this morning Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney spoke to a packed house of supporters in Janesville. Several Wisconsin political heavyweights were also here lending him their support.

"We're going to win Wisconsin and we're going to get the White House," the former Massachusetts governor told the crowd of supporters.

But the state is expected to be a showdown between Former Governor Romney and President Obama. "I think this is obviously a state that's in play, it's going to be a battleground state, it has been you know for the last number of presidential elections," said U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, who was there supporting Fmr. Gov. Romney.

Sen. Johnson was joined by several members of the state's Republican political elite, including Gov. Scott Walker, all there to throw their support behind the party's expected presidential nominee.
"We need a leader who has a moral compass, who has a vision for this country," said U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville. "We need a leader with a bedrock of principles and an ability to put that vision into place. That leader is Mitt Romney."

Given that the event was held in Janesville, home of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, some were hoping that would prompt news of a Romney-Ryan ticket. "Love to see Paul Ryan on the ticket," said Larry Combs, a rally attendee. "I was hoping there'd be an announcement, but maybe later."
POSTED: Monday, June 18, 2012 --- 10:40 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Mitt Romney is predicting victory in Wisconsin.

No Republican presidential candidate has carried the state since 1984. But speaking to supporters in the state on Monday, Romney predicted he will win the Midwestern state in November on the way to defeating President Barack Obama.

The visit was the Republican challenger's first to Wisconsin since GOP Gov. Scott Walker survived a contentious recall election two weeks ago. The victory has given Republicans confidence that they can compete against Obama, who carried the state by 14 points four years ago.

Walker introduced Romney and said Wisconsin's unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008. He credited the state's Republican legislators -- not Obama's policies.

Romney is in the midst of a six-state bus tour.

AP-WF-06-18-12 1522GMT

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