Wisconsin Republicans support anti-Clinton message

MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Wisconsin Republicans at the national convention in Cleveland say they support the strong anti-Hillary Clinton messaging at the gathering, but they suspect it will soon shift to more of a defense of why Donald Trump is the better candidate.

Democrats say the focus on bashing Clinton shows that Republicans are unhappy with Trump as their nominee.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday that "outright racism" and xenophobia has been running rampant at the GOP convention. And Wisconsin Democratic Party chair Martha Laning says Republicans are "grasping at straws and attacking Hillary Clinton."

Republican delegates defend the tone.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says taking two days to remind Americans about "the total abject failure of Hillary Clinton" is good for unifying Republicans.

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