To Mitt Romney, the economy is in a shambles. To fellow Republican Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, it is a glowing success according to the Chicago Tribune.
According to the Tribune, Romney and Walker offered clashing portraits of the economy at a Waukesha County GOP dinner on Saturday.
Walker is facing a June recall vote which was sparked by his fight with unions of government workers. In his speech, he described himself as a governor whose fiscal restraint has turned Wisconsin's economy around, according to the Tribune.
Moments later, Romney stepped onto the same stage and gave a more bleak description of America's economy, the Tribune said.
The Tribune said Romney acknowledged the nation's recent job gains, but told the crowd to keep in mind that Obama's main economic stimulus measure "expired three years ago," which was incorrect.
According to the Tribune, Wisconsin's unemployment rate is 6.9% which is down from its 9.2% peak in January 2010 and below the 8.3% national rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Although Wisconsin's recovery has been uneven, with a slight drop in private-sector jobs since Walker took office in January 2011 according to the Tribune.
According to the Tribune, the nation lost nearly 4.5 million during the year before Obama's inauguration, and an additional 4.3 million during Obama's first year in office. Since February 2010, the country has regained 3.5 million jobs.