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Republican governors urge Romney to be 'big and bold'

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana said Sunday that Mitt Romney needs to do more than fire rhetorical shots across Obama’s bow, urging Romney to be 'big and bold' with a plan to reform government.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with his staff while riding on his bus after a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday.

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Mitt Romney is coming off a pretty good week. He out fund-raised Barack Obama by $16 million, according to the latest monthly report, and he jumped all over Obama for the President’s gaffe about the economy’s private sector “doing fine.”

But it’s still 149 days until the presidential election. And if Romney was feeling good about where he stands in the race, a couple of Republican governors brought him back to earth Sunday.

Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Mitch Daniels of Indiana both went on TV talk shows to suggest that Romney needs to do more than fire rhetorical shots across Obama’s bow, hoping the incumbent will stumble again or that somebody else – the irrepressible Bill Clinton? – knocks him off-message.

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Gov. Walker, who just won a big recall election – a big loss for labor unions, a key part of the Democratic base – put it this way:

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