Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gloated about Republican Governor Scott Walker's "landslide" win in the Wisconsin recall elections while speaking at CPAC Chicago on Friday.

"Mr. President, did you hear Scott Walker won in a landslide?" Paul said, according to The Hill. "It's hard for me to say that without gloating."

Paul echoed the sentiments of many who believe Walker's defeat of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) set the stage for a tough 2012 presidential battle in the Badger State.

"I wonder if it worries anybody at Team Obama. I think it does," Paul said. "Scott Walker's victory should send a message to all politicians, especially some of those weak-kneed politicians in Washington, that you can stand on principle and get reelected."

Walker called his win an "opportunity" for Romney "to come in between now and November 6 and make the case that he's willing to make those same sort of tough decisions."

Paul -- who's father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) pared back his active presidential campaigning in May -- recently endorsed Romney for president, though he said his father is still his "first pick."

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