Romney success in focus on campaign trail

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is defending his personal wealth as Democrats try to portray him as out of touch with most people.

A former businessman who is worth up to $250 million, Romney would be among the nation’s richest presidents if elected. He told a campaign audience in Wisconsin on Friday that continued attacks on success would produce one outcome: “a lot less success.”

He’s also downplaying his first job after Harvard business and law schools by saying it was “an entry-level job.”

President Barack Obama’s campaign is pushing Romney to release years of tax returns dating to his career at a Boston-based private equity firm.

Romney is campaigning for Tuesday’s GOP primary in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan endorsed Romney on Friday and appeared with him.

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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Lawrence University officials say overflow seating for an appearance by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is available on a first come-first serve basis Friday.

Romney is scheduled to speak at the Appleton campus about 2 p.m.

Local police say they’re expecting about 1,000 additional people on campus for the appearance.

Romney will join GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum at a Saturday event in Pewaukee organized by the Wisconsin Faith & Freedom Coalition before holding a Town Hall in Muskego.