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Presidential campaigns focus on battleground Wisconsin


In the past few months, both Presidential candidates and their running mates have focused on battleground Wisconsin. Saturday, President Barack Obama made his first stop in the Badger state since February.

"We tried what they're selling. We tried it for a decade. It didn't work then, and it won't work now," President Obama told a crowd of supporters at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee.

Vice President Joe Biden has also spent time in the state, making two stops here in less than a month.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has campaigned several times in Wisconsin since clinching his party's nomination in May.

"I think President Obama had just put this in his column. 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," Romney told a Janesville crowd back in June.

At times, he's also campaigned in the Badger state with running mate and Janesville native Paul Ryan. Ryan has spent a lot of time campaigning in his home state, with at least three campaign events since he was added to the ticket.

UWMC Political Science Professor Eric Giordano said it's no surprise that both campaigns are spending time and money here.

"This is nothing new to Wisconsin. I think everyone realizes when push comes to shove, this state does matter," he said.

Many political experts say Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes could be up for grabs, with a new poll showing President Obama leads Romney by only a few percentage points.

"It's really not surprising that candidates will want to come here and try to make a statement and push the state one way or the other," Giordano said.

And the campaign stops keep coming. Obama campaign officials announced Saturday that Michelle Obama will speak in Appleton later this week.



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