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Doyle says he promised to deliver state for Obama, downplays future cabinet role

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle says he promised Barack Obama two days ago that the state will vote for him on Tuesday. Doyle said Thursday he spoke with Obama on the phone and told him not to worry about carrying Wisconsin and its 10 e...

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle says he promised Barack Obama two days ago that the state will vote for him on Tuesday.

Doyle said Thursday he spoke with Obama on the phone and told him not to worry about carrying Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes. Wisconsin had been a target for both campaigns before polls started to show Obama with a significant lead.

Eight polls this month have shown Obama up by double digits.

Doyle says his only fear is that Obama supporters are overconfident and don't vote on Tuesday. But he says he thinks their enthusiasm is so great that they will show up and Obama will carry Wisconsin.

No Republican presidential candidate has won the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

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Doyle says the chances are "very, very remote" of him being asked to join a Barack Obama presidential administration should he win on Tuesday.

But the Democratic governor says he has never said he would rule out joining an Obama administration if asked.

Doyle said Thursday that if he would get such an offer he would have to "listen very carefully."

But Doyle says a presidential appointment is not something he wants, it's not something he's jockeying for, and it's not something he's talked to Obama about.

Doyle says he's looking forward to being governor and working with a Democratic president.

Doyle is midway through his second term and has been raising money in preparation for a re-election campaign in 2010.

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