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Scott Walker: Romney campaign underutilizing Ryan

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Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker thinks the campaign of party nominee Mitt Romney has been too passive in responding to attacks from the Obama campaign, and that it is failing to showcase the strengths of Romney running mate and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

In a Friday radio interview with WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee, the Republican governor flatly answered “no” when asked if he was satisfied with the way the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign has used Mr. Ryan since he joined the ticket last month.

Many observers expected that Mr. Ryan would bring his economic expertise as House Budget Committee chairman to the race, as well as an ability to explain economic policy to voters. However, Mr. Walker said the congressman has been kept too far in the background by the campaign.

“I was enthused when Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan because I thought that was a signal that this guy is getting serious, that he was getting bold,” Mr. Walker said. “I just haven’t seen that kind of passion.”

Mr. Walker echoed a widespread sentiment that Mr. Romney has too often been in a position of reacting to attacks, and that he has criticized the president in return while offering too few details on his own vision.

The governor said he thinks Mr. Ryan, whose selection initially helped Mr. Romney in the polls, can reenergize the campaign if he is given a more visible platform.

“Spell it out. Everybody realizes we’re not getting it out of this president,” he said. “But you’ve got to spell it out, that getting rid of the president who’s failed is not only a good thing to do, but that better things will happen.”

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