June 18th, 2012
12:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Sunny Romney predicts Wisconsin win

Janesville, Wisconsin (CNN) – Mitt Romney's feel-good tour of small-town America rambled onward Monday with stops in Wisconsin, where the sunniness outside seemed to be reflected by the presumptive GOP nominee.

"You know what, we're going to win Wisconsin," he told an audience of about 900 supporters in the battleground state, echoing a confident declaration he'd made in Pennsylvania earlier on his bus tour.

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"I'll tell ya, I think President Obama had just put this in his column," he told voters in the Badger State Monday, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker recently triumphed in a closely-watched recall election. "[Obama] just assumed at the very beginning Wisconsin was going to be his."

Romney was supportive of Walker in campaign appearances in advance of the state's presidential primary, but did not travel back to Wisconsin in the weeks leading up to the recall vote.

The state could pose an uphill challenge for Romney. Wisconsin has not voted for a Republican for president since 1984, and the CNN Electoral Map currently has Wisconsin "leaning Obama."

Once again in Janesville, Romney was joined onstage by a cadre of vice presidential contenders – fueling veepstakes speculation by the audience at the textile mill where he spoke.

His compatriots included who's who of up-and-comers and establishment Republicans: Gov. Scott Walker, fresh off state Democrats' failed recall attempt, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

Dan Sinykin, the owner of the Monterey Mills plant, presented Romney with an embroidered American flag blanket and hinted the governor might like to end the vice presidential speculation there and then.

"We personalized them, and they went so well together – one is custom embroidered for you, Gov. Romney, and the other one is embroidered for Congressman Ryan," Sinykin said, to applause.

He then dropped a broad hint: "Gov. Romney, we're in Congressman Ryan's hometown, he's right here. If you have an announcement to make…"

The audience cheered with approval, but to no avail.

Next up, Romney's bus will make stops in Iowa Monday evening and in Michigan on Tuesday.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Wisconsin
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Beverly - NYC

    900 Supporters wow, more people than that occupied the WI statehouse last year. Way to whip the base into a frenzy Mitt.

    June 18, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Luke,AZ

    Gov. Romney is not presidential material. I own an electronics mfg. business in Phoenix for 24 yrs and President Obama has done more to ensure the viability of my business than what the Republicans have proposed. In fact the Republicans have opposed and said no to everything President Obama has put forth. Gov. Romney is the perfect candidate for the 1%. While President Obama is fighting for a guy like me.

    June 18, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. California Gary

    Mitt had to do a small town tour........he never gets more than a few hundred people at an event, and it's embarrassing when he is in an urban area and gets so few in attendance. This way he can say, "Hey, it was a small town. What do you expect?" The reality is, he gets small crowds because he has small ideas.

    June 18, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. curious

    Has one man mentioned the name of another man more than Rmoney has uttered the words Obama?

    June 18, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Luke,AZ
    Gov. Romney is not presidential material. I own an electronics mfg. business in Phoenix for 24 yrs and President Obama has done more to ensure the viability of my business than what the Republicans have proposed.
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    The only help Obama has given businesses is that you can hire people now for half of what they are really worth.

    June 18, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. ST

    Is Romney not allowing photographers to take pictures of the crowd he is speaking to, except himself and his family behind him? All the time I ask myself who is he speaking to?

    June 18, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. B.

    They are not winning anything, they are BUYING it with the help of the Supreme Court and the casino owners!

    June 18, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. lreed580

    Nothing like a little chuzpah declaring that he will win in each of the states he's traveling through.

    June 18, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Mitt continues to be out of touch with reality. 47th out of 50. 10,000 mfg jobs lost. Left state in debt. Runs from his signature accomplishment. Still no tax returns for 2011.

    June 18, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. paul

    And Scott Walker quickly chimed in, "Yes, and I will count the votes to make sure the election is fair"!!!

    June 18, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Obama Mama

    Wisconsin, where money cannot buy you love, but it can buy an election.

    June 18, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    @curious....you make a great point. That's all Robmey does is talk about President Obama.....do you think he might have a crush on him??? I mean he follows his campaign around and he mentions President Obama constantly. We know he has no ideas of his own but is he crushing on the POTUS??

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 18, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Former Republican

    Poor little Mitt... Going the way of Dole and McCain...

    June 18, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    This guy never becomes president of USA. Obama12.

    June 18, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    lolo

    They are voting in the guy who was awestruck over visiting a WAWA in Pennsylvania?
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    Actually, I think what he found saw awe-inspiring was how much profit could be made because of the jobs the ordering machine eliminated. It was not a Bush at the checkout lane moment. I wonder if the machines are even made in America.

    June 18, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    The only help Obama has given businesses is that you can hire people now for half of what they are really worth.
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    Actually, credit for that phenomenom goes to Republicans and their decades long war against unions.

    June 18, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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