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Romney says US can 'learn a lot' from Wisconsin governor

Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks to supporters during a campaign event at a bandshell on June 18, 2012 in Davenport, Iowa.

Mitt Romney made a campaign stop with Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin and said Americans can "learn a lot" from the Republican who survived a Democratic recall effort two weeks ago.

Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, praised Walker's leadership and said his approach to limiting government and slashing spending in his state was a stark contrast to President Barack Obama.

"At the national level we can learn a lot from this guy," Romney said after Walker introduced him to an overflow crowd in the parking lot of a Janesville textile mill on the fourth day of Romney's bus tour of battleground states.

"If you're responsible, and you don't spend more money than you take in, and you're very careful in making sure that your budget is balanced, and you have a very pro-business attitude, encouraging businesses to come in and grow, then it's good for jobs and the American people," Romney said.

Romney's embrace of Walker marks his campaign's growing confidence that he may be able to win Wisconsin in the Nov. 6 election, though the state has long been seen as likely to chose Obama.

Walker became a hero to conservatives in the last year for his sledgehammer approach to reining in public-sector unions and cutting spending. He survived a recall effort by state Democrats earlier this month.

"We were able to show here in Wisconsin that you can turn things around," said Walker, who introduced Romney at the textile mill rally and declared he was "proud to still be your governor."

Polls show Obama and Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, in a tight race for the White House, with worries about the slow economic recovery hurting Obama's approval ratings. Romney has focused on his past as head of a private equity firm to argue that he would provide better economic leadership. Like Walker, he often employs anti-union rhetoric.

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