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UPDATE: Ryan Fires Up GOP Base at Thompson Fundraiser

UPDATED Sunday, October 14, 2012 --- 6:11 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says Wisconsin can "complete its journey" by electing Mitt Romney as president and putting former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the U.S. Senate.

Ryan spoke Sunday at a $250-per-couple fundraiser for Thompson at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

Ryan says he, Gov. Scott Walker and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are all proteges of Thompson, who served 14 years as governor. Ryan says they are all part of what he called the Thompson "farm team."

Walker, Priebus and Thompson also all addressed the crowd of about 300.

Ryan spoke about Walker's successful win in June's recall election and Priebus' work as the head of the RNC after leading the Wisconsin state party, then said Wisconsin can complete its journey in November.

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UPDATED Sunday, October 14, 2012 --- 5:54 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson says Gov. Scott Walker has turned Wisconsin around after his Democratic predecessor "screwed up the state."

Thompson spoke Sunday at a fundraiser hosted by vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Thompson referred to Ryan as the "Janesville flash."

Thompson says the election of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle in 2002 was a "mental lapse by the state." He says Doyle undid much of the work he did over 14 years as governor and "screwed up the state" with more regulation, more taxes and less people at work.

But Thompson says Walker came onto the scene "riding on a white horse" and he has turned Wisconsin around.

Thompson faces Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the race for Wisconsin's open Senate seat.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says GOP Senate candidate Tommy Thompson is a hero to other leaders in the party, including vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker.

Priebus made his comments Sunday at a fundraiser in Milwaukee hosted by Ryan for Thompson.

Priebus is also a Wisconsin native like Ryan, who is a congressman from Janesville.

Priebus calls Thompson "somebody who showed all of us and paved the way in this state and this country."

Thompson stood by his side on stage with Walker and Ryan as he made the comments.

Thompson faces Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the race for Wisconsin's open Senate seat. Polls show Baldwin with a narrow lead with the election just 23 days away.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says it will take money, a good message and manpower for Tommy Thompson to win Wisconsin's Senate race.

Walker delivered the message at a Sunday fundraiser for Thompson hosted by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Walker says Thompson has the better message than Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Senate race. And Walker says Republicans have made 2 million voter contacts since July to help both Mitt Romney and Thompson's campaigns in Wisconsin.

Walker says Thompson "doesn't need" to be elected to the Senate, but the children and grandchildren of the state need him in that role.

Walker shared the stage with Thompson, Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- About 50 protesters have gathered outside the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee where Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is hosting a fundraiser for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson.

Deborah Wiersum of Kenosha carried a sign Sunday that says "Don't Mess With Medicare." She says she opposes Ryan's proposal that would change Medicare into a voucher program.

The 62-year-old Wiersum says he 84-year-old mother also opposes the plan, even though it would not affect her because of her age.

Wiersum says she is protesting both Ryan and Thompson, who faces Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Senate race.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore also showed up outside the event. She calls Ryan and Thompson a "dangerous duo" who will devastate the middle class by ending Medicare and Medicaid.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Sunday, October 14, 2012 --- 1:59 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is taking time off the national campaign trail to help fellow Wisconsinite Tommy Thompson in his run for the U.S. Senate.

The Janesville-native Ryan plans to host a fundraiser for Thompson on Sunday at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

The event comes a day before Ryan plans to host a rally in nearby Waukesha.

Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in La Crosse on Friday, a day after he and Ryan met for their only debate of the campaign.

Both the presidential race and Thompson's Senate bid against Democrat Tammy Baldwin are tight.

The Senate seat is open due to the retirement of Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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