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Ron Johnson Plans to Endorse Donald Trump PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 05 May 2016 11:04

ron-johnsonMADISON - “I am going to certainly endorse the Republican nominee, and obviously it looks like that will be Mr. Trump…[we’re] going to make this country great again,” Senator Ron Johnson.

Johnson vows to back Trump as likely GOP nominee

May 4, 2016


With the path cleared for Donald Trump to become the Republican presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he won’t hesitate supporting the reality TV star and real estate mogul.

“I am going to certainly endorse the Republican nominee, and obviously it looks like that will be Mr. Trump,” Johnson, R-Wis., said Wednesday in Eau Claire.

Trump became the de facto nominee Tuesday after a decisive primary win in Indiana that prompted the last two rivals from a field that once totaled 17 Republicans to drop out of the race. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who decisively won the Wisconsin GOP primary just four weeks earlier, announced the suspension of his bidTuesday night, and multiple media reports indicate Ohio Gov. John Kasich will follow suit Wednesday evening.

Some healing may be necessary among Republicans after a highly divisive campaign, but Johnson said he believes Republicans will be able to unite behind Trump because of their strong dislike of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“I think when Americans really start looking at who Hillary Clinton is and her dereliction of duty, the corruption, all the baggage she brings to her candidacy — she has more baggage than an airport claim area — it’s going to be an election of contrasts, (Clinton) vs. our nominee who again comes from the private sector and actually understands how harmful government is,” Johnson said before a business roundtable event at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce that was part of his statewide tour formally announcing his re-election bid.

As a businessman, Trump knows how to negotiate, Johnson said, adding, “I’m happy to let Donald Trump negotiate better trade deals.”

The Wisconsin Democratic Party was quick to pounce on Johnson’s support for Trump, calling attention to some of the presumptive GOP nominee’s controversial stands.

“Ron Johnson has embraced Donald Trump and publicly said he will back the Republican nominee,” state Democratic Party spokesman Harry Hartfield saidWednesday in a statement. “With Trump now all but certain to be the nominee, voters have the right to know: Does Sen. Johnson believe women who get abortions should be put in prison? Does he believe Mexican Americans are rapists? And does he believe we should limit the First Amendment to make it easier to sue reporters? The time for Johnson’s political games is over, Wisconsinites deserve answers.”

Johnson said Trump’s emergence is a product of Americans’ anger with the status quo and desire to be led by someone who is not a career politician.

“I think the story of this election cycle is the American people have wised up to the professional political class, how utterly failed the government is and how the professional career politicians have failed the American public,” Johnson said.

He equated Trump with “disruptive technology” that disrupts markets in sometimes unexpected ways.

“The American public is sick of what’s been happening for decades and they’re looking for true change that’s going to make this country great,” Johnson said, quoting Trump’s campaign slogan. “We are a great country, but we’ve got to make it even greater.”

Ron Johnson: Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:24

ron-johnsonMADISON - “Ron Johnson plans to 'reintroduce' himself to the voters of Wisconsin, but he can’t run from who he really is - an ultra-conservative Washington Republican who is more interested in taking orders from Mitch McConnell than listening to middle class and working Wisconsin families. And with a long record to prove it.” Harry Hartfield, Spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Don’t take our word for it. Below, in his own words, Sen. Johnson proves just how out of touch he is with the people of Wisconsin. You can learn more about Johnson’s record at ronjohnson.org.

Not only did Sen. Johnson vote to fast track the TPP, but he's referred to disastrous trade deals that ship Wisconsin jobs overseas as creative destruction.

Social security
Johnson called Social Security "a Ponzi Scheme" and believes it's "a shame" that George W. Bush didn't privatize the program immediately before the economic collapse of 2008.

Student debt
Johnson not only opposes efforts to allow students to refinance their loans, but he also completely objects to federal student loans that help young people afford higher education. He thinks federal student loans are "free money."

Foreign policy
Johnson's only plan to combat ISIS is another American-led ground invasion in the Middle East of "25,000 [American] troops, a total coalition of 100,000" – advice he must have received from campaign contributor Donald Rumsfeld.  
Women’s issues
Johnson called his vote to defund Planned Parenthood a "fun" vote and railed against equal pay legislation as doing "more harm than good." He voted against equal pay legislation five times, claiming it could "cause workplace conflict."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:29
Ron Johnson Campaign Tour a Map of Outsourced Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:03

ron_tourWISCONSIN - Touting his manufacturing credentials from a factory in Oshkosh, Senator Ron Johnson launched his re-election campaign with a week-long tour of Wisconsin. However, Senator Johnson remained silent on the biggest threat to Wisconsin’s remaining manufacturing jobs, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Sen. Johnson previously supported fast-track authority for the TPP, and has taken a number of other votes that side with the CEOs of multinational corporations over Wisconsin workers.

The route of Johnson’s campaign tour illustrates the devastation that has been wrought by trade policies which stack the deck against Wisconsin workers. The cities Senator Johnson will visit this week have seen as many as one-third of their manufacturing jobs leave since 2000.

“No matter how much Ron Johnson trumpets manufacturing, his failure to oppose rigged trade deals that enable the outsourcing of Wisconsin jobs speaks volumes about whose side he is really on,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “We need Senators who will fight to end the economic treason against working families, and begin to build an economy that expands opportunity for everyone in America.”

Table 1: Manufacturing Jobs and Establishments lost since 2000 For Counties Visited in Johnson Campaign Announcement Tour


Change in Manufacturing Jobs, 2000-2015

Percent Change in Manufacturing Jobs, 2000-2015

Change in Manufacturing  Establishments, 2000-2015

Brown County

-3,953 jobs


-2 establishments

Dane County




Douglas County




Eau Claire County




Fond du Lac County




Forest County




La Crosse County




Milwaukee County




Oneida County




Racine County




St. Croix County




Waukesha County




Winnebago County




Marathon County




Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. September 2000 to September 2015, most recent source of the data.

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