What They’re Saying: Feingold is “weak and dangerous on national security”

Ron launches new TV ad, speaks at Republican National Convention about Senator Feingold’s dangerous national security record, and goes door to door talking to Wisconsinites

This week, Ron Johnson has been making clear the contrast in this race over how to keep local communities safe from threats to our national security. He voiced a statewide TV and digital ad on Senator Feingold’s failed record, made clear the need for strong leadership in a speech at the Republican National Convention, and went door to door talking to Wisconsinites about their concerns, and what he’s doing to help keep Wisconsin and America safe.

Local, state, and national media covered Ron’s ad launch and his speech at the RNC, and highlighted his calls for real leadership to protect America, and saying that the world is too dangerous to elect either Hillary Clinton or Russ Feingold.

Wisconsin State Journal: “Ron Johnson hits Russ Feingold on terrorism in new TV ad. … The Johnson ad, ‘Lone Wolf,’ centers on Feingold’s voting record during his three terms in the U.S. Senate from 1993 to 2011. Republicans previously targeted Feingold on national security, but the new ad is the strongest evidence yet that Johnson will make the issue central to his case for voters to give him a second term. … The ad also hammers Feingold for opposing military funding measures. ‘Now he’s asking you for a fourth term? The world’s simply too dangerous for that,’ Johnson says.” (Wisconsin State Journal)

The Hill: “Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wis.) campaign on Tuesday launched a new TV and digital ad that knocks his Democratic opponent, Russ Feingold, over his national security record. The 30-second spot highlights news clips reporting on recent terrorist attacks around the world and hits the former Democratic senator for opposing secret surveillance of ‘lone wolf’ terrorist suspects. ‘Now he’s asking you for a fourth term,’ Johnson narrates in the ad. ‘The world’s simply too dangerous for that.’ Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has made national security a premier issue in his campaign.” (The Hill)

Politico Morning Defense: “Johnson hits Feingold on defense in Wisconsin Senate ad. The Republican senator is out with a new ad hitting his challenger, former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, on national security issues. Showing footage of recent terrorist attacks in France, Belgium, Turkey and the U.S., the spot says ‘the world is simply too dangerous’ to elect Feingold, noting his lone vote against the Patriot Act and multiple votes against the NDAA. The ad debuts the same day Johnson is set to speak on national security at the Republican National Convention.” (Politico Morning Defense)

Washington Examiner: “Sen. Johnson finally answers Clinton’s infamous question: ‘What difference, at this point, does it make?’ On Jan. 23, 2013, Hillary Clinton asked an infamous question about the attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. ‘What difference, at this point, does it make?’ Clinton said. And Republicans have been attacking her for that line ever since. ‘Why didn’t you just pick up the phone and call the survivors?’ was the simple question Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., asked Clinton that day.Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, he finally answered Clinton’s question.” (Washington Examiner)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Using a refrain of, ‘It made a difference,’ Johnson talked of a Yazidi woman ‘captured and brutalized by ISIS barbarians,’ and others caught in terror attacks in Brussels; Istanbul; San Bernadino, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; and Nice, France. Johnson also sought to link Clinton with Feingold. ‘In Wisconsin, I’m running against Russ Feingold, a man who even after 9-11, was the only senator against giving law enforcement the tools they need to help stop international terror,’ Johnson said. ‘During his 18-year Senate career, he also voted against authorizing our military 11 separate times. Now he’s asking Wisconsinites to give him a fourth term — just as Hillary Clinton is asking America to give her Obama’s third term. The world is simply too dangerous to elect either of them.’” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The Cap Times: “Johnson’s remarks borrowed directly from his latest campaign ad, which started airing in Wisconsin earlier Tuesday. The spot, citing recent terrorist attacks throughout the country and the world, aims to portray Feingold as weak and dangerous on national security. Referencing attacks in Brussels; Istanbul; San Bernardino, California; Orlando, Florida; and Nice, France, Johnson said the U.S. isn’t currently responding appropriately to ‘Islamic terrorists slaughtering and brutalizing their innocent victims.’ Democratic victories in November will prevent the country from responding effectively, he argued. … ‘It doesn’t have to be like this — we shouldn’t have to live in fear,’ Johnson said. ‘This is a fight for freedom.’” (The Cap Times)

AP: “Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is targeting his Democratic opponent Russ Feingold from a national stage during his prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Johnson’s speech Tuesday evening echoes a campaign ad he released earlier in the day that aims to portray Feingold as weak on national security. Like in the ad, Johnson lists a series of attacks in recent weeks across the world and criticizes Feingold’s votes on security during his 18 years in the Senate. In his speech, Johnson also lumps presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in with Feingold, saying ‘the world is simply too dangerous to elect either of them.’” (AP)

WISN: “Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson spoke in prime time at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night. In part of his speech, he brought up his re-election campaign and took aim at his opponent, Democrat Russ Feingold. … Johnson’s speech echoed a campaign ad he released earlier in the day that aims to portray Feingold as weak on national security. ‘What difference at this point does it make?’ I am the guy who got under her skin and provoked that infamous response from Hillary Clinton by asking a pretty simple question, ‘Why didn’t you just pick up the phone and call the survivors?’ But instead of doing that, she hatched a cover-up story and repeatedly lied to the American people,’ Johnson said.” (WISN)

Brown County Democrat: “Republican Sen. Ron Johnson used the national stage of his prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday to criticize his Democratic opponent Russ Feingold as weak on national security. Johnson’s speech in Cleveland echoed a campaign ad he released earlier in the day attacking the former three-term senator, and he added presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to his critiques Tuesday evening. Like in the ad, Johnson listed a series of attacks in recent weeks across the world, including at airports in Brussels and Istanbul, an Orlando nightclub, in San Bernardino, California, and on Bastille Day in Nice, France. … ‘This is a fight for freedom,’ Johnson said. ‘It’s not somebody else’s fight — this is our fight. And it is a fight that we absolutely must win.’” (Brown County Democrat)