Walker Joins Romney in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived a fierce battle with labor unions and a recall election. Now he enjoys rock star status among GOP supporters. Romney’s camp doesn’t want him to upstage the Republican candidate at a rally Monday so they were introduced simultaneously. As a result, Romney enjoyed the cheers and whoops from the people at the textile mill.
Dan Sinykin, chief executive of the Monterey Mills, was given the task to introduce the Republican personalities on stage. The company is a manufacturer of fabric for stuffed animals and paint rollers. The event was attended by several hundred Republican supporters. The cheers were more than what Romney usually get in a rally.
Walker didn’t boast about the job growth in Wisconsin, which clashed with Romney’s gloomy review of the nation’s economy during President Obama’s term. The governor praised Romney for rescuing the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and slashing taxes as governor of Massachusetts. What Walker didn’t mention was that Romney also raised taxes.
Romney maintained that he values Wisconsin despite not having any sign of TV advertising as seen in Ohio, Virginia and other vital battleground states. He added that President Obama assumed that Wisconsin was his from the start and the crowd shouted no in unison.
In 2008, Obama won in Wisconsin by 14 percentage points. Recent surveys show that the president has a narrower lead over Romney.
During his speech at the mill, Romney criticized Obama’s promise to give everyone a fair shot in order to improve the economy. He said that if there’s a president that hasn’t able to provide the American people a fair shot, it’s President Obama.
Also present at the rally is Representative Paul Ryan, who hails from Janesville. The House Budget Committee chairman is one of the potential running mates for the Republican candidate.