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Romney Makes Closing Arguments to Wisconsin Voters

The Republican presidential nominee told a full house at Wisconsin State Fair Park that he is the candidate that will bring "real change" to America.

Just four days ahead of Election Day, Mitt Romney came to southeastern Wisconsin and delivered a fiery speech to a fired-up crowd at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Those who made it inside the Wisconsin Products Pavilion — thousands were turned away with the crowd at capacity — saw Romney deliver what was said to be his "closing argument" in his quest to defeat Barack Obama. He alternated between criticizing the president and pushing his own accomplishments and vision.

"Accomplishing real change is not something I've just talked about," Romney said, noting his time in the business world, his work leading the Salt Lake City Olympics and his tenure as governor of Massachusetts. "It's something I've done."

Romney stood above a banner proclaiming "Real Change on Day One," and he stayed on that theme throughout the morning. He talked often about his first actions upon taking office, from executive orders examining regulations to changing key components of Obama's energy policies.

He positioned himself as better for businesses, while blasting Obama for what he said was lack of cooperation with Republicans and blaming others for the country's problems.

The event came at a time when polls show Obama with a slight lead in Wisconsin, and the state is seen as hugely important to both campaigns. That's evident in the candidates' schedules, with both campaigns descending on the state in the final days.

"We ask you to stay up all the way to the finish line," Romney said, "because we're going to win on Tuesday night."

Patch's media partners at Fox 6 reported an estimated crowd of 7,000, with a few thousand more turned away.

69-year-old Connie Merkel of Oshkosh said she loved Romney's message of taking responsibility and not blaming other people for the country's problems.

"For the first time in my life, with Scott Walker and these two running for president and vice president, I am actually proud to vote for them," she said. "I'm not voting for the lesser of two evils. I'm voting for them because I'm proud to vote for them as people."

Retired Packers quarterback Bart Starr, who led the team to victories in the first two Super Bowls, endorsed Romney in a surprise appearance Friday. Starr held up a copy of a Vince Lombardi book on leadership, saying the Republican nominee embodies the characteristics the coach describes.

Gov. Scott Walker, who introduced Romney, got a loud rendition of "Happy Birthday," on the occasion of his 45th birthday. The best birthday gift he could get, he told the crowd, is to use the remaining days getting out the vote for Romney.

John Lambert, vice chairman of the UW-Madison College Republicans traveled to West Allis to see Romney. As a senior in college who will soon be looking for work, he sees first-hand the economic challenges the country faces, he said.

Romney succeeded in Massachusetts, where he was faced with a Democratic majority in the Legislature, and can do it again as president, he said.

"We can't afford four more years," Lambert said.

Mary and Tony Kriss have missed out on all of the swing-state excitement living in Illinois, so they made the Friday morning trek to the State Fairgrounds to see their candidate.

"I shook his hand actually, and that is like the thrill of the day. Thrill of the week," Mary Kriss said. "We're huge supporters and (today) was an opportunity, especially coming from Illinois because he's not campaigning out there, so it's a great opportunity to see him."

About an hour after the event, former Democratic U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold held a press conference to bash Romney's "sketchy deal" and speak about some of Obama's accomplishments in the past four years. 

Feingold said Romney would not work across the party aisle as he would like the public to believe.

"In these closing days he reinvented himself again," Feingold said. "When running in the Republican primary he called himself something I have never heard, a 'severe conservative.' Now he's changing his tune and reinvented himself as a moderate."

Steve ® November 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
You must love Obama as your president.
Steve ® November 03, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Lol Bren is desperate and willing to settle with piss poor numbers like those. Bren I am not willing to settle with failure just so you can have your socialist experiment. Back up your support for those numbers or move along.
Michael McClusky November 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
@Steve Nope, not at all. I like a man with convictions- neither Obama or Romney qualify.
Steve ® November 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Convictions should lead you to the conclusion that you just voted for Obama.
Michael McClusky November 03, 2012 at 03:26 PM
@Steve Conviction would tell me that Obama and Romney owe their souls to their corporate masters. That is why they both promise to sign more assinine trade agreements to please the 1% and screw the American people. There is no surprise there.
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I like where he claims Bush-43 added 4 Trillion to the debt all by himself, despite the fact that from 2007-2009 both houses of Congress were held by Democrats.
Dorothy November 03, 2012 at 03:57 PM
OBAMA BACK TO CHICAGO as FAST AS YOU YOU CAN GO!! YOU ARE A LOSER ALL THE WAY!!!! GET YOUR BAGS PACKED BECAUSE ON ELECTION NIGHT YOU CAN START WALKING BACK TO ILLINOIS!!! MAYBE THEY WILL HAVE A "DEFEAT PARTY " FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!
Dirk November 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM
This failed experiment is over. Time for the adults to take over in January. Time for America to move forward. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 In a landslide!!
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 04:29 PM
If Rachel Maddow reported it I am sure something has to be wrong with it. Ronald Reagan showe that tax cuts can help stimulate the economy, but not by themselves. Other policies need to be in place that will stimulate job creation. If you give EVERYONE (not just the rich) lower taxes, they will have that much more to spend, save, or invest. How about this Schmitzy, let's pretend you gave that 50 buck you owe Hoffa to him. For Hoffa, and many others, it would have the same effect as a tax cut. Hoffa now has 50 dollars to take his lady to a fairly nice restaurant. The owner now has a little more money which he pays staff, rent, utilities and himself. Also, the waiter has a little more money that he can spend on gas so he can get to work. The gas station owner now has money to pay his employees, pay rent, buy more gas... Maybe this will explain it for you Schmitzy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2auI6Uz3D8I
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
David, Unemployment started at 7.5%, jumped up to 10% the first year (thanks to Jimmy Carter's policies), then declined to 5.4%. Reagan put policies in place to stimulate and encourage job growth, unlike B.O. who just seems to want to take money from the "rich" and doesn't care about jobs.
morninmist November 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Great cartoon of Mitt---which Mitt. ha ha
morninmist November 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM
#lyingRyan is the failed experiment. Rob Zerban ‏@robzerban We have a packed office for our first GOTV shift of the day! They are about to head out to knock on doors! http://bit.ly/U0c0Lt #P2 #WIunion
morninmist November 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Steady as he goes. PaulPimentel ‏@PaulPimentel Obama's chance of winning at 83% http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com #p2 #1u #ctl #wiunion #wiright #tcot Retweeted by Gomer W Howard
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) November 03, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Drag his body through the streets and beat him with your shoes!
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 07:30 PM
TOP TEN REASONS NOT TO RE-ELECT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA ==================================================== 10)Obamacare has increased my insurance premiums by 12% just for next year! 9)2009 Apology tour. (where were Springteen and Katy Perry then?) 8)27% more each year in Federal spending 7)Government Motors 6)Jobs created by B.O.'s stimulus only cost us $110,000/job (if you believe B.O.'s jobs numbers) 5)Median household income down $4,000/yr 4)46.7 MILLION people on food stamps. 3)Deficit doubled, not halved. 2) 6 TRILLION in new debt (3 times Bush's rate) and the number 1 reason not to re-elect Barack Hussein Obama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1) Unemployment still at 7.9%. (not counting people that gave up looking)
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
TOP TEN REASONS TO ELECT MITT ROMNEY ==================================== 10) Improved Massachusettes economy while Governor 9) Knows how to create jobs (actually that's all we need, but let's continue) 8) Has proven he can work with others across the aisle (instead of ramming bad legislation through without reading it or letting other's read it) 7) Will repeal Obamacare (maybe I can get my 12% back) 6) Went out of his way to hire qualified women in his cabinet 5) Will ease burdensome regulations that hurt this economy while keeping productive ones in place 4) Not only delivered a budget, but balanced it four times. 3) Actually had a plan to improve the United States 2) Will put United States interests ahead of all else and the number 1 reason to elect Mitt Romney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1) Unemployment still at 7.9%. (not counting people that gave up looking)
Joseph Robert November 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Very interesting! The states that know Romney best -- Massachusetts where he was governor and now lives, and Michigan where he was born -- both strongly favor Obama, not Romney. They must know something that Romney supporters don’t know! http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/president/
Joseph Robert November 03, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Gary's a much better choice than lying Romney!
Joseph Robert November 03, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Tax Returns Provided to the American Public: President Barack H. Obama 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 George Romney (Mitt’s father) 1955 | 1956 |1957 |1958 | 1959| 1960 | 1961 |1962 | 1963 | 1964 |1965 | 1966 Mitt Romney 2010 | 2011 Paul Ryan 2010 | 2011 Mitt, what you hiding from the American public? More foreign bank accounts to bet against America? Multiple IRS fines? What are you so SCARED OF?
Joseph Robert November 04, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Bob McBride, Sorry, I forgot. You only get your news and information from sources living within a 5-mile radius of your home. No wonder you are such a conservative and close-minded individual !!
Joseph Robert November 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Bob McBride, Sorry, I forgot. You only get your news and information from sources living within a 5-mile radius of your home. No wonder you are such a conservative and close-minded individual !!
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) November 04, 2012 at 01:29 AM
@Jean Hoffman. You're funny. Patch knows my comments very well, however you seem new to them. As for the man claiming to be our current president, it's not a death threat. I wish him alive and well, so he can feel every smack of the shoes.
Bob McBride November 04, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Joseph, you and the rest of the clowns who post the same nonsense over and over in various threads here and elsewhere are neither news or information sources. You're spammers.
Watts November 04, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Bob, you are such a small minded person not to get this. I post the same thing i several threads at a time, because you can never tell which are really dead threads that nobody is even reading. Then, when somebody replies to one or two of those posts, I engage with them on the subject. But on one or two occasions (like this one) the potential for an intelectual discussion on the issues is superseded by some yokels who seem to have about as much understanding about the internet as Ted Stevens with his "series of tubes" understanding: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-12-2006/headlines---internet People who *think* that they understand the internet or how Patch works, but really have no clue.
Bob McBride November 04, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Watts, if you go back and read my original comment, you'll see that you missed one key factor yourself - this isn't about you. As for my knowledge of the interweb and the beguiling ways of The Patch, I'm comfortable with it. Patch has decided it's not going to do anything about folks like Joe Bob and Jean who drop repetitive, often times off-topic C&P jobs of talking points du jour in a half dozen or more threads, sometimes on articles that originate in the same or locally cross-polinated Patch sites. It clutters up the comments section and it's annoying. I've decided I'm going to be annoying right back at them. Deal with it.
Jean Hoffman November 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
42 PERCENT OF WHAT ROMNEY HAS SAID ARE LIES, SAYS POLITIFACT! We can't trust Romney to lead our great country. No way! http://www.politifact.com/personalities/mitt-romney/ (This is total of all of his comments ruled false. mostly false, pants on fire false)
Jim Wuerl November 05, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Democrats are only good at dancing on poles rather than decifering them.
Jim Wuerl November 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Democrats are only good at dancing on poles!
Jim Wuerl November 05, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Your damn right Greg!, lol Im with ya bro!
morninmist November 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
with all those lying robo calls that the TeaGOP has made saying the wrong date, I imagine some do get confused themselves. ha ha Melissa Ryan @MelissaRyan 1m Received an email from the Romney campaign asking me to vote today. Glad they finally figured out when the Election is. goo.gl/LKo2r View summary ·

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