POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:04am
UNITED STATES (CNN) — Mitt Romney's feel-good tour of small-town America rambled onward Monday with stops in Wisconsin, where the sunniness outside seemed to be reflected by the presumptive GOP nominee.
"You know what, we're going to win Wisconsin," he told an audience of about 900 supporters in the battleground state, echoing a confident declaration he'd made in Pennsylvania earlier on his bus tour.
"I'll tell ya, I think President Obama had just put this in his column," he told voters in the Badger State Monday, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker recently triumphed in a closely-watched recall election. "[Obama] just assumed at the very beginning Wisconsin was going to be his."
Romney was supportive of Walker in campaign appearances in advance of the state's presidential primary, but did not travel back to Wisconsin in the weeks leading up to the recall vote.
Once again in Janesville, Romney was joined onstage by a cadre of vice presidential contenders - fueling veepstakes speculation by the audience at the textile mill where he spoke.
His compatriots included who's who of up-and-comers and establishment Republicans: Gov. Scott Walker, fresh off state Democrats' failed recall attempt, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Dan Sinykin, the owner of the Monterey Mills plant, presented Romney with an embroidered American flag blanket and hinted the governor might like to end the vice presidential speculation there and then.
"We personalized them, and they went so well together - one is custom embroidered for you, Gov. Romney, and the other one is embroidered for Congressman Ryan," Sinykin said, to applause.
He then dropped a broad hint: "Gov. Romney, we're in Congressman Ryan's hometown, he's right here. If you have an announcement to make..."
The audience cheered with approval, but to no avail.
Next up, Romney's bus will make stops in Iowa Monday evening and in Michigan on Tuesday.