Ron Johnson On the Issues: Fighting for Greater Economic and National Security

Ron Johnson On the Issues: Fighting for Greater Economic and National Security

Discusses ISIS, Iran, jobs, taxes and big government with Mike Gousha at Marquette University

Ron Johnson said today he’s fighting for Wisconsin taxpayers and working to keep our country safe, telling Mike Gousha and a studio audience at the “On the Issues” speaker series at Marquette University in Milwaukee that our country’s economic and national security are his top priorities.

“There’s such a hunger for leadership,” Ron said. “Leadership that will have the courage to tell them the truth, to lay out the facts. People who are willing to take tough votes without their re-election in mind. But it’s all focused on how can we get a greater feeling of some sense of safety and security in our lives, across the board. … You achieve peace through strength, and that really starts with economic strength.”

Ron joined Gousha for an hour at Marquette, taking questions from the veteran broadcaster and members of the audience. He discussed his work as chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and his efforts to challenge Washington dysfunction by looking for areas of agreement.

He addressed the importance of a comprehensive strategy to destroy ISIS, his opposition to the president’s reckless Iran deal, working to secure the border, and other national security issues. He also argued for pro-growth tax reform and other reductions in big government to help private sector growth create jobs and economic opportunity for all.

Excerpts from Ron’s remarks follow:

On bipartisanship: “Just find the areas of agreement. Let’s start solving these problems, start getting results…. I won’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.”

On pushing for a comprehensive strategy to destroy ISIS: “We have to defeat ISIS – but where is the strategy for doing so?”

On his legislation to make sure Syrian refugees are fully vetted before entering our country: “I view it as my responsibility to hold the president and his administration’s feet to the fire.”

On his efforts to control federal spending: “There aren’t a whole lot of accountants in Washington D.C. – there are a lot of lawyers.”

On pro-growth tax reform, big government, and jobs: “Scrap our entire tax code” and replace it with something that raises the revenue we need and does no economic harm.