Santorum tours southeast Wisconsin, prepares for presidential primary

Santorum tours southeast Wisconsin, prepares for presidential primary

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 27, 2012

JEFFERSON- Rick Santorum is in southeast Wisconsin Tuesday, rallying support ahead of Wisconsin's Republican presidential primary next week.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray followed Rick Santorum around the area Tuesday.  Santorum met supporters at the Mine Shaft Restaurant in Hartford -- while he took a drink of Sprecher Beer.
West Bend state Senator Glenn Grothman has publicly endorsed Santorum and was with Santorum at the Mine Shaft.  Other key Wisconsin Republicans have not publicly backed a candidate ahead of next Tuesday's presidential primary and Grothman was asked why.  "I think a lot of people like to pick the winner and wait for that reason," said Grothman to TODAY'S TMJ4

Earlier in the day, Santorum talked about how important is to be successful in rural Wisconsin.  Hundreds waiting to shake his hand at a hamburger stand in Jefferson.  "(We had) Cheese curds and someone gave me a block of cheese today, which was great," said Santorum.
With his 20-year-old daughter at his side, the former Pennsylvania Senator also spoke for nearly an hour at the Beaver Dam Elk's Lodge.  "We've got one week to turn this race around," said Santorum.
TODAY'S TMJ4 asked Santorum about putting Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan on the presidential ticket.  "Paul Ryan is one of the great star of the Republican Party, conservative movement.  I'm sure he'd be considered in any Republican administration.  Certainly someone I would love to have involved in our effort," answered Santorum.

Wisconsin's Republican presidential primary is set for April 3.