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GOP Congressman Sensenbrenner tells CPAC to learn from Wisconsin


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner says national conservatives should take a lesson from Wisconsin as they try to reclaim the White House in 2016.

Sensenbrenner, the 34-year veteran from Menomonee Falls, spoke Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington.

He said Wisconsin proves that conservatives are electable, as evidenced by office-holders like Governor Scott Walker and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.

Ryan will address the conference Friday and Walker Saturday. Both are also in the convention’s straw poll of 23 possible White House candidates for 2016.

Sensenbrenner also told conservatives to remember their history. He said they waged a strong grassroots campaign for Barry Goldwater’s presidential bid in 1964. And even though they lost, their activity helped set the stage for Ronald Reagan’s two terms in the 1980’s.

In Sensenbrenner’s words, “We have to do that again.”