GOP presidential hopeful Romney talking in Redmond

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REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is visiting Microsoft's campus to discuss trade policy.

The former Massachusetts governor is scheduled to visit the Redmond campus on Thursday afternoon after a private fundraiser. He is the first 2012 GOP presidential candidate to visit the state for a campaign event. President Barack Obama visited the Seattle area last month for fundraising stops.

Romney has said he is prepared to confront China on trade issues, such as currency valuation and intellectual property. He said in a debate earlier this week that leaders need to stand up to China or prepare to be run over by China.