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Romney says Wisconsin result extends beyond state

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June 5, 2012 10:36 PM EST | AP


SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Mitt Romney says the failed attempt to recall Wisconsin's Republican governor shows that voters want to cut spending and the results, in his words, "echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin."

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said in a statement Tuesday evening that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stood up to "runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses" and demonstrated "what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around." Romney says he looks forward to working with Walker.

Democrats and labor unions tried to oust Walker in response to his push to strip public employee unions of bargaining rights. Conservatives rallied behind him and he became the first governor to survive a recall.

Romney is on a two-day visit to Texas, and aides say Romney spoke by phone with Walker.