Former Wisconsin GOP Rep. Mark Green says the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan can capture the state of Wisconsin.
“I think it’s going to red for the first time since Reagan,” he told Kathleen Walter of Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview at the Republican convention. “It’s a very exciting time, from [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker to [GOP Senate candidate] Tommy Thompson, and also quite frankly Paul Ryan on the ticket in Gov. Romney’s message.”
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So what does Ryan add? “First, he reaffirms the role that ideas will play in this election,” Green said. “He’s all about ideas, has been since the first day he ran for office. And so it really brings ideas in the debate over our future, getting our fiscal house in order, fixing entitlements — brings it front and center. That’s created tremendous enthusiasm.”
Wisconsin may be a bellwether for the nation, said Green, who was ambassador to Tanzania under President George W. Bush. “Wisconsinites don’t typically go red or blue,” he said.
“They’re right down the middle. They’re blue collar conservatives, hard-working people. They go to Mass on Sunday mornings, they watch the Packers on Sunday afternoon. They go hunting in the fall and fishing in the spring. And they care about the future of this country passionately. That’s the classic American.”
The fact that Walker could succeed with his platform of smaller government and spending cuts bodes well for the GOP presidential ticket, Green says. “People are fed up, they’re looking for a change, they’re looking for ideas, they’re looking for reformers,” he said. “That’s what Paul Ryan’s all about. That’s what he brings to the ticket.”
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