As part of his tour to fire up supporters prior to the Nov. 8 election, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson visited with Republican supporters Tuesday afternoon in Manitowoc.
“We’re going to kind of finish out the day here just going to a bunch of GOP centers here and trying to fire up the grassroots effort — which we’ve got probably the best in the nation,” Johnson said. “The grassroots ground game, I think, is going to be our effective weapon, our effective tool in winning reelection.”
“I actually have the background that I think most people are looking for in an elected official — somebody who comes from the private sector, in my case, manufacturing with an accounting degree,” Johnson said during his Manitowoc visit. “So I actually understand numbers. In a very short period of time as a United States Senator, I’ve gotten real results.”
As a business man, Johnson said he knows the importance of growing the economy and said he wants to help the United States reach its economic potential.
“What I would be promoting would be a lower regulatory environment … better tax system,” Johnson said. “I would use our God-given energy resources so we can remain competitive globally. That’s the best thing we can do to try and help businesses stay right here in Wisconsin.”
Johnson compared his short time as a senator to Feingold’s 34-year career in politics and highlighted what he views as their policy differences.
“He (Feingold) is going to take more money out of your pocket,” Johnson said. “Of course, he actually supports artificially increasing the price of energy. All of those things make Wisconsin workers less competitive. That’s what ships jobs overseas, his type of policies.”
Johnson said he has been a leader in trying to address the nationwide surge in heroin use. He said his nephew died of a heroin overdose earlier this year and he has since taken the issue very seriously.
He proposed two components to solving the heroin problem, which include securing the border between the United State and Mexico and enforcing the bipartisan Act to Reduce Pressure to Overprescribe Painkillers (PROP Act) he helped introduce in April.
Johnson said, “Those would be the two things: secure the borders and make sure the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) actually implements my PROP Act because it really does limit the incentives for doctors who overprescribe opiates, which is often the gateway drug to a heroin addiction.”