Ron travels the state listening to Wisconsinites about how to keep our country safe

This past week, Ron has been traveling the state with the goal to learn from Wisconsinites about how they think we can keep our country safe. He made stops in Green Bay, Superior, La Crosse, Mosinee, River Falls and will end with one last stop in Madison today. Read summaries of his stops below:

From Fox 11 in Green Bay:

In a room filled with chairs placed in a circle, Senator Ron Johnson listened to those around him Wednesday.

The small audience at Heritage Hill State Historical Park expressed some of their concerns during the senator’s national security listening session.

“You can’t solve a problem if you don’t understand it,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin

One of the main topics included terrorism and the Islamic State.

The senator said more needs to be done and to defeat ISIS and it needs to happen sooner.

“It’s going to have to require greater involvement and more leadership out of America than we’re showing right now. Of course, President Obama states the goal takes off the table the very action of American ground troops that are going to be required to actually accomplish that goal,” Johnson said.

From WDIO in Superior:

For Johnson’s plan for economic growth, he pointed to his experience as a businessman.

“I actually know how the private sector works; I know how to grow an economy,” Johnson said. “Senator Feingold knows how to grow government, that’s for sure.”

Johnson’s purpose for making a stop in Superior was a town hall discussion on national security at UWS.

“So many of the problems, and you just heard it here again today, is driven by our use and abuse of drugs,” Johnson said. “Drugs destroy people’s lives, drugs destroy families, drugs destroy economies.”

He pointed to the southern border as the country’s most vulnerable spot when it comes to immigration and national security. On that front, Feingold said while safety from the threat of ISIS is the most important thing, it isn’t all the American people should be focused on.

“Let’s figure out a way to choke them off. Let’s cut off their ability to get oil, let’s cut off their ability to get arm sales,” Feingold said. “Let’s make sure we have enough intelligence on the ground to find out what they’re doing. Let’s do it smart.”

From WAOW in Central Wisconsin:

U.S. Senator and Chairman of Homeland Security Ron Johnson was in Central Wisconsin Wednesday. He had strong words for the North Korean regime hours after claims surfaced that they detonated a hydrogen bomb.

“North Korea is a rogue regime, I think their leader is a lunatic, can’t be trusted, irrational actors,” said Senator Johnson.

… The problems aren’t just in North Korea, Senator Johnson cited other countries as adding to the threat level of the United States.

“You take a look at China, building islands in the South China Sea that are territory claimed by other countries, that’s provocative, that’s destabilizing,” said Senator Johnson. “Putin in Ukraine, in other Eastern European countries trying to destabilize them.”

He called for better leadership, and said America needs to use their power and influence.

“We can’t let our guard down, we can’t hollow out our military, we need to be strong economically so we can be strong militarily so we can keep this nation safe but also be a stabilizing force for the world,” said Senator Johnson.

From WJFW in Mosinee:

When it comes to national security issues, communities in northcentral Wisconsin don’t get consulted very often. But U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, who is running for reelection this fall, says he wants to show police officers in this part of the state that  they have an ally in Washington D.C.

Johnson held a public forum on national security at Central Wisconsin Airport Wednesday afternoon.
The Senator invited police chiefs and officers from across the area to share their biggest concerns. Officers told Johnson drugs are the biggest issue they face.
… Plover Police Chief Dan Ault made a point of attending the forum, saying he appreciated the chance to interact with someone with national clout.

“I’ve been a police officer for 25 years and a police chief for four years, and I’ve not had a senator ever ask me, ‘What can we do?'” Ault said. “It is refreshing, and I think there needs to be more of a connection.”
The forum also addressed U.S. boarder security issues and how to prevent lone wolf and ISIS-inspired attacks.

Ault told the senator that creating a national security plan starts on a small, local level.

“When a problem erupts in a small community, we know about it sooner, we can respond to it quicker, we can, I think, effectively manage and deal with it better because we know the community,” Ault said.