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WI Republican leaders could be future of GOP

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Several prominent Wisconsin Republicans took the stage at the GOP convention Tuesday. Political experts told Newsline 9 it's a sign of the major role they could play in the party's future.

Governor Scott Walker and Republican Sean Duffy both took the podium and addressed delegates in Tampa, Florida.

Walker received a standing ovation before announcing the Wisconsin delegation's nominations for President and Vice President. He also received loud cheers when he took the RNC stage.

"Because of our reforms, Wisconsin has added thousands of jobs," Walker told the crowd.

He also touted a Mosinee business, G3 Industries, as an example of job creation.

"The owner told me that he's creating additional jobs in Wisconsin because he likes the way we are moving our state forward," Walker said.

After surviving a recall earlier this year, experts say Governor Walker is a Republican to watch.

"You could argue that people like Sean Duffy and Governor Walker and Paul Ryan, to some extent, are taking advantage of that attention," UWMC Political Science Professor Eric Giordano said.

Representative Sean Duffy used his time on stage to support the Romney/Ryan ticket. 

"If you voted for Obama and you have buyer's remorse, let me tell you, Mitt Romney is the hope and Paul Ryan is the change," Duffy said.

"This is their moment to show the rest of the country that they have something to offer now and into the future," Giordano told Newsline 9.

Republicans have the stage until Thursday night and people in Wisconsin are watching to see who from the badger state could lead the GOP in the future.

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