MILWAUKEE (AP) -

Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson says Gov. Scott Walker has turned Wisconsin around after his Democratic predecessor "screwed up the state."

Thompson spoke Sunday at a fundraiser hosted by vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Thompson referred to Ryan as the "Janesville flash."

Thompson says the election of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle in 2002 was a "mental lapse by the state." He says Doyle undid much of the work he did over 14 years as governor and "screwed up the state" with more regulation, more taxes and less people at work.

But Thompson says Walker came onto the scene "riding on a white horse" and he has turned Wisconsin around.

Thompson faces Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the race for Wisconsin's open Senate seat.