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Mitt Romney says he'll win Wisconsin

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned in Wisconsin Monday.

The former Massachusetts governor visited the Monterey Mills factory in Janesville as part of a bus tour through several states. It's the first time he's visited Wisconsin since winning the state in the Republican primary in April.

Before Romney spoke, he received a strong welcome from Gov. Scott Walker.

"We need a leader, and that leader is Gov. Mitt Romney," said Walker.

In the speech, Romney mostly focused on the economy, and he slammed President Barack Obama's handling of it.

"There's no way we're going to let him turn a one-term proposition into an eight-year proposition," said Romney. "It's time to replace Barack Obama."

Romney's visit comes less than two weeks after Wisconsin's recall election. Gov. Walker won that race. And Romney told the crowd he'll win the state in November, even though Wisconsin hasn't voted for a Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

"I think President Obama had just put this in his column," said Romney. "He just assumed from the very beginning Wisconsin was going to be his. But you know what? We're going to win Wisconsin and we're going to get the White House."

But outside Romney's speech, protestors gathered, saying Romney's policies are unfriendly to the middle class.

"The middle class and good American jobs will cease to exist if he becomes our president," said Janesville voter Stella Cane.

But come November, Romney hopes more people in Wisconsin will lean his way so he can achieve something a Republican candidate hasn't in almost 30 years—winning this state.

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