Wis. Sen. Ron Johnson endorses Mitt Romney

April 1, 2012 - 8:46 AM
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Chairman of the House Budget Committee, right, before speaking with supporters of Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker at a phone bank during a campaign stop in Fitchburg, Wis., Saturday, March 31, 2012. The phone bank is used in support of Walker who is facing a recall election in June 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has picked up another endorsement from a Wisconsin Republican ahead of the state's primary Tuesday.

First-term Sen. Ron Johnson says Romney is the right candidate to carry the GOP's fight against President Barack Obama.

Johnson tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that Romney is "ready, willing and able to lead this nation'.'

The senator isn't saying the other Republican candidates should drop out. But Johnson says Romney is the only candidate with a realistic chance of getting the necessary number of delegates to win the nomination.

Johnson also says the candidates have had "a spirited debate" but he thinks it's time "to end this" and prepare for the campaign against Obama.

On Friday, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, endorsed Romney.