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Obama to attend Madison rally


MADISON (WSAU)  President Obama will speak at U-W Madison this afternoon after a spirited debate with an aggressive Mitt Romney last night. The Republican challenger was energetic-and-assertive as he sparred with the Democratic president, mostly over the economy. Romney said “The status quo is not going to cut it.” And he accused the president of misrepresenting his stands on tax policies and education.

At one point, Romney told the president quote, “You’re entitled to your own airplane and your own house, but not your own facts.”

Obama accused Romney of trying to “double down” on the economic policies that caused the Great Recession. And the president said the former Massachusetts governor was too evasive in explaining his stands on tax changes, health care, and more.

But Republican Governor Scott Walker said Romney scored a “clear victory,” by laying out his plans to get the country back to work. And Walker said Romney showed quote, “the kind of passion voters want from a president.”

A new Marquette Law School released just hours before the date showed that Romney still had some serious work to do if he wants to be the first Republican since 1984 to carry the Badger State. The poll gave Obama an 11-point lead, 53-to-42 percent. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analyst Craig Gilbert said Obama has led by an average of eight points in all independent polls in the state since both parties’ conventions.

Obama’s visit to the U-W today will be his third since he was elected in 2008. The president’s campaign says Obama will urge his liberal Madison campus base to register-and-vote early.