- U.S. Senate Candidate and Wisconsin State Assembly Majority leader Jeff Fitzgerald made a stop in Rhinelander Monday.
Fitzgerald is touring the state hoping to learn whatís important to businesses across Wisconsin.
He toured Superior Diesel in Rhinelander today.
He says getting out and talking with business leaders gives him a great perspective on how to move the state forward in a postive direction.
His campaign will focus on jobs and the economy.
Fitzgerald says his experience making tough decisions in the Wisconsin legislature will help his campaign.
"When I got into politics, the state was headed in the wrong direction," Fitzgerald says. "I think we have the state back on the right track again. I think those changes need to be made at a national level. I think itís going to take a certain type of candidate that really isnít worried about their next election but has the political courage to worry about that next generation to do the right thing."
Fitzgerald says some of the changes made in Wisconsin need to be made on a national level Ė including entitlement reform, tax reform, and controlling the national debt.
"We are not competing in a global market anymore," Fitzgerald says. "Just as of a couple weeks ago we are the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world after Japan lowered theirs. Which makes us not competitive. We need to start making products in this country again to try and get people back to work and grow our economy. That's how you grow your way out of deficits."
Fitzgerald is part of a crowded G-O-P field.
It includes former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, former Congressman Mark Neumann, investor Eric Hovde, and Rhinelander Physical Therapist Kip Smith.
U.S. representative Tammy Baldwin is the lone democratic candidate.