What They’re Saying: National Republicans Barnstorm the State in Neck-and-Neck Wisconsin Senate Race

This week, national Republicans including Senators David Perdue, Lindsey Graham, and Joni Ernst barnstormed Wisconsin with Ron Johnson in the neck-and-neck Senate race. Ron and his fellow Republican leaders talked with Wisconsinites about creating jobs, taking care of our veterans, and maintaining local control of our great outdoors.

Check out what they’re saying:

During a manufacturing stop in Schofield, Senator Graham said: “The one thing about Ron, he doesn’t owe anybody anything in Washington. The only thing he owes in his own mind is to the people of Wisconsin and the country as a whole. The reason I’m here, he’s not ideologue, he’s a problem-solver.”

Oshkosh Northwestern: “Identifying a problem and working to build consensus on how to solve it is the hallmark of Ron Johnson in the U.S. Senate. He’s also not afraid to tell it like it is. Those are among the reasons why Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he supports the Oshkosh Republican in his re-election bid against former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold. The two GOP senators sat down with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Thursday after a visit to Oshkosh Corp., where they got the chance to see first-hand the equipment they say has saved countless lives in the war on terror.”

NBC Rhinelander: “Ron Johnson traveled to Rhinelander Saturday and met with local experts to discuss rural issues like timber, wolves, and broadband. Before the roundtable discussion, Johnson and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa discussed the most recent investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails. … Senator Ernst says Americans need a leader who understands how to help grow the economy and to her, that leader is Ron Johnson and not Hillary Clinton. ‘She has gotten away with so many inappropriate steps and mishandling information and having her own private email server, that’s something that none of us would consider,’ said Ernst. ‘Running official business through private email server that the public would never have access to’”

La Crosse Tribune: “As a business owner of 34 years and a self-described ‘working man,’ U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson was at home among staff at the L.B. White Co., which he toured Tuesday morning with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga. During his visit, Johnson spoke of the need to maintain and encourage local businesses while limiting federal government involvement. ‘Coming from a business background, I know how hard it is to build and maintain businesses,’ Johnson said. ‘There are so few people with a business background (in government). Manufacturing is our heritage.’ … Perdue, a former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, agreed, calling out ‘over-burdening fiscal regulations’ and stating the government needs to ‘back off a little on taxes and regulations.’ As a fellow businessman, Perdue expressed support for and confidence in the incumbent senator.”

WAOW Eau Claire: “Senator Lindsey Graham teamed up with Ron Johnson on Tuesday to promote the Republican ticket in the Badger State before the election. The pair toured the Merrill Iron & Steel Inc. factory in Wausau and spoke to supporters. Johnson and Graham focused on homeland security, the rising costs of healthcare, and protecting the Senate U.S. seat from Democratic challenger Russ Feingold. … Graham said he came up to Wisconsin to support Johnson because of his record in Congress. ‘I’m here to advocate for Ron Johnson because I’ve seen, in his one term in the Senate, the things that are missing in the Senate as a whole,’ Senator Graham said.”

WXPR Rhinelander: “At the roundtable, Johnson and Ernst heard about efforts in the Northwoods to improve broadband coverage and the Good Neighbor agreement with the Forest Service, where federal woodlands are also managed by state and county foresters. But roundtable moderator State Senator Tom Tiffany, who recently held a summit to change federal laws on wolf regulation, introduced several speakers who want Congress to overturn a judge’s decision to put wolves in this area back on the endangered species list. Johnson has introduced legislation to return wolf management to the states, but says it needs U.S. Senate support to get a vote.”