VIDEO: What They’re Saying About Senator Feingold’s “Deficit of Trust”

VIDEO: What They’re Saying About Senator Feingold’s “Deficit of Trust”

Ron Johnson campaign ad showing footage of Feingold in 1992, 2016 makes clear his decades of broken promises on federal spending 

The Ron Johnson campaign launched a digital ad entitled “Deficit of Trust” earlier this week. Statewide and national coverage since has highlighted Senator Feingold’s broken promises on federal spending, and made clear that he’s a career politician who has been saying one thing and doing another for decades.

Watch the ad here, and check out what they’re saying:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the ad was opening a new front in a campaign that has consistently hit Feingold for his status as a career politician: “The ad is called ‘Deficit of Trust’ and hits Feingold, a Democrat, charging he failed to fulfill promises to address the federal deficit. The ad shows footage of Feingold discussing the deficit in 1992, the year he was first elected to the U.S. Senate, and in 2016. The spot criticizes Feingold for his votes against a Balanced Budget Amendment.”

Politico highlighted how Senator Feingold has promised to address federal spending for decades, while voting against forcing Washington to change: “The ad features clips of Feingold talking about cutting the federal deficit in both 2016 and 1992. But the ad suggests Feingold ought to have supported a balanced budget amendment if he actually cared … instead of voting against it four times during his career.”

The next day, the Journal Sentinel reported that Senator Feingold called forcing Washington to balance the budget a “dumb idea,” even though Wisconsin families know balancing the budget is common sense: “The balanced-budget amendment is a dumb idea, it’s a stunt that would not have been useful to us in the 1990s.’ … Johnson campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger fired back in a statement. ‘Sen. Feingold thinks balancing the budget is a dumb idea — but it’s just common sense,’ Reisinger said. ‘Sen. Feingold doesn’t like a balanced-budget requirement because he wants to be able to waste taxpayer money on his own priorities.’”

Fox 6 in Milwaukee ran clips of the ad on TV, noting that Feingold called the deficit the “No. 1 priority for fixing the economy,” then voted otherwise in his 18 years in Washington: “Political reporter Theo Keith says Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold’s votes are under the microscope. … Johnson is criticizing Feingold for his voting record in the 1990s. …Feingold opposed a plan that would’ve required congress to pass balanced budgets.”