Mitt Romney, expressing confidence while campaigning with Wisconsin Gov. Scott K. Walker, said Monday he plans to win the battleground state that Democrats have dominated in recent presidential elections.
"We're going to win Wisconsin, and we're going to get the White House," the Republican candidate told an audience at a textile factory in Janesville.
Romney is keeping his focus on the economy as he campaigns through contested states, saying he'll promote a climate friendlier to small business, domestic energy production and job creation, while asserting that President Obama has mismanaged the recovery.
"If there's ever been a president who has not been able to provide the American people a fair shot, it's this president," said Romney, a former Massachusetts governor. "We're going to replace him with someone who will go to work again for you."
Walker, introducing Romney at a Monterey Mills factory, referred to his recent recall election victory.
"It is my honor to still be the 45th governor of the great state of Wisconsin," he said. "And it's my honor to be on stage with the man I hope is the 45th president of these United States."
The Obama campaign called Romney's speech Monday "an exercise in angry and evasive rhetoric."
"He offered no ideas of how to create jobs now or strengthen the economy,' campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in an emailed statement.
Romney was also joined by GOP Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman, who endorsed him in March and is often mentioned in media reports as a possible running mate. Ryan accompanied Romney on the campaign trail for five consecutive days before the April 3 presidential primary in Wisconsin.
The congressman is the latest prospective running mate to appear on the stump with Romney during his five-day bus tour.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a former rival for the nomination, and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio also campaigned with Romney over the weekend.
Romney spent the previous two days visiting small towns in Pennsylvania and Ohio, after starting his six-state tour in New Hampshire last week. He's making similar stops today in Iowa, as well as Wisconsin, before ending the tour today in his native Michigan.
Obama won all six of those states in 2008, although polling shows Romney competitive in at least some of them. The former private equity executive is using the trip to try to dispel the notion that he's a wealthy candidate who lacks regular-guy credentials.