JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Mitt Romney is predicting victory in Wisconsin.
No Republican presidential candidate has carried the state since 1984. But speaking to supporters in the state on Monday, Romney predicted he will win the Midwestern state in November on the way to defeating President Barack Obama.
The visit was the Republican challenger's first to Wisconsin since GOP Gov. Scott Walker survived a contentious recall election two weeks ago. The victory has given Republicans confidence that they can compete against Obama, who carried the state by 14 points four years ago.
Walker introduced Romney and said Wisconsin's unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008. He credited the state's Republican legislators -- not Obama's policies.
Romney is in the midst of a six-state bus tour.
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is voicing his support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign stop in Janesville.
Walker introduced Romney inside the Monterey Mills factory during a stop in Romney's multistate bus tour.
Romney's visit came less than two weeks after Walker won a recall election. Walker made only passing reference to the recall, saying "it is my honor to still be the 45th governor of the great state of Wisconsin."
Walker says he's turned Wisconsin around, citing the unemployment rate that's the lowest it's been since 2008 and thousands of new jobs are being created. He says "It's time to elect a leader who can turn things around for America."
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson also appeared at the event.
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney needs to deliver a simple message in order to defeat President Barack Obama.
Johnson spoke to reporters Monday before Romney's campaign stop at the Monterey Mills factory in Janesville.
Johnson says Romney's message needs to be that government is not the solution to the nation's problems. He says if Romney does that, he has a "really great shot" to win Wisconsin.
Republican Senate candidate Mark Neumann says Romney needs to keep his message focused on how he would balance the federal budget and create jobs. Neumann says the fact that Gov. Scott Walker won his recall election two weeks ago shows that Romney can also carry Wisconsin in the fall.
Walker appeared with Romney at the campaign stop.