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Walker to Romney: Go Big, and Go Bold

6:00 PM, Jun 6, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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And after his win Tuesday? 

"I can assure you that his stock as a fundraiser and speaker will skyrocket," says Sutton. "What we like the most about him is that when he took office he was unwilling to compromise with the liberals/trade unions and stuck with his conservative roots. This was key to his victory in 2010 and again in the recall."

Although some of Romney’s top advisers would probably prefer that Walker keep his strategic advice to himself, Walker is providing this counsel to help the Republican nominee, not to complicate his efforts. Walker is clearly fond of Romney. “He called me several times in the thick of it to tell me to stand by my principles,” he recalled Wednesday, “and not everybody took the time to do that.”

Walker said repeatedly Wednesday that he’s not interested in being considered as Romney’s running mate. But he pushed for another young, Wisconsin conservative reformer. "If Governor Romney wants to put somebody great on the ticket from Wisconsin I'll tell him repeatedly he should pick my friend Paul Ryan,” Walker to “Don & Roma” on Chicago’s WLS radio. “Paul understands what needs to be done probably better than anybody in Washington. He's got that great Midwestern spirit. I didn't go through a campaign this long to go tackle some other issue. I'm focused on making sure Wisconsin is moving forward but I certainly would encourage him to look at someone like Paul because he'd be spectacular.”

We don’t know if Romney will heed Walker’s advice to go bold or take his recommendation on a running mate. But even as some of his most-trusted advisers are telling him to be cautious and to avoid the inevitable attacks that come with embracing the bold reform agendas championed by Ryan and Walker, Romney isn’t exactly running away. He dispatched Ryan to North Carolina yesterday to conduct a town hall with business leaders on his behalf.

“We have a choice,” Ryan told reporters, mostly ignoring jeers from a protester holding a sign that read “Say No to Romney-Ryan Budget.”

“Do we want to go on the current path we are on, that President Obama has put us on – a nation of debt, a nation of doubt and a nation of decline with a terrible jobs result? Or are we going to elect a new president who will tackle these fiscal problems, who will get the economy turned around, who will get job creation, and who will prevent a debt crisis so our kids will have a debt-free nation and our seniors can rely on the promises that have been promised to them.”  

If Wisconsin is to be competitive this fall—and it should be—it’ll be hard to ignore advice from two of the most popular conservatives in the state, and in the country. 

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