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Walker, Ryan praised by Rove


UNDATED (WSAU)  Republican strategist Karl Rove says Wisconsin has two of the most remarkable political talents in the country. And he believes both Governor Scott Walker and Congressman Paul Ryan can be viable national candidates if they want to be. Rove spoke during a hour-long program yesterday at Ripon College and met with reporters.

He said Democrats control the message from Washington, but the G-O-P still has at least some strength with its control of the House and a majority of state governorships. And Rove said it will have to be people like Walker and Ryan – the House Budget chairman from Janesville – who create the party’s policies going forward.

Rove is currently working to recruit candidates for the U-S Senate in 2014. He said the party can do better than Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, both of whom lost key Senate races in November. Rove also said he’s confident that Wisconsin will soon carry a Republican to the White House, after Ronald Reagan was the last to win the state in 1984. Rove said both parties have strong bases, and it’s the independent voters who decide the major races. He said the G-O-P needs a candidate who can reach out to quote, “blue-collar Democrats and rural moderate conservative Democrats in the western part of the state.”