When Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson got out of his bus at Total Excavating in River Falls, he was greeted by dozens of supporters. Those who came to see him had already made up their mind of who they would be voting for on Nov. 8.

Johnson made his River Falls stop on Nov. 2, just six days before the midterm election. He also held a rally at Paddy Ryan’s in Hudson.

The goal of both visits was to rally supporters for the midterm election. His stops in the two cities are a part of his “Get Out The Vote” campaign where he will travel to 60 cities around the state.

“It’s great to be back in this part of the state,” Johnson said at his River Falls rally.

Johnson was joined by other Republican politicians at his River Falls rally. Prominent supporters included Tom Tiffany, Shannon Zimmerman, Derrick Van Orden and Dave Estenson.

Johnson gave the same speech at both rallies. His speech did not offer policies, solutions or achievements his administration has accomplished.

Johnson instead used his speech to blast opponent Mandela Barnes and other prominent Democrats.

“He lies about defunding the police. He uses words like ‘reallocate.’ We all know what he wants to do,” Johnson said, referring to Barnes' crime policy.

Johnson continued to attack Barnes’ character. He called out Barnes for controversial racial statements he made in the past.

“Barnes said Wisconsin racism is worse than southern racism,” Johnson said. “I don’t think we are a racist state. We are better than that.”

Johnson moved his speech to attack Barnes’ stances on inflation. He blamed current Democratic leaders for “out of control” spending.

Johnson then took time to defend his stance on his budget plan. He specifically argued his plans to save social security.

“I want to save social security, not cut it,” he said.

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Senator Ron Johnson speaks outside Paddy Ryan's in Hudson on Nov. 2. Johnson's speech blasted opponent Mandela Barnes and other prominent Democrats. Sam Fristed/Star-Observer.

Johnson shifted his speech to attack Democrat leaders including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. He specifically called out Obama for an attack ad.

“I saw it online the other day and I was disgusted. He attacked my children which was uncalled for. It shows how out of touch Obama and other Democrats are,” Johnson said. 

Johnson continued to antagonize Democratic leaders who have endorsed Barnes. He called Democrats “liars” and said their policies have failed. He added Democrats “use the same playbook” to defend their ideas.

It culminated in an attack about nationwide energy prices.

“Democrats drove up the price of gasoline and energy. They are forcing you to buy electric vehicles so it can fit their clean energy and Green New Deal agenda,” he said. 

Johnson concluded his speech by attacking the media. He claimed Democrats “have no problem lying” and the media amplifies it. He said the media support for Barnes has put his campaign at a disadvantage.

“The news media won’t help us. They’ll only help Barnes who is a radical Leftist,” Johnson said. “We need a free press but it needs to be fair.”

Johnson made his final remarks advocating his supporters to vote on Election Day. He encouraged his supporters to talk to people before heading to voting stations.

“Our young people are being indoctrinated. We have to get out and vote. This is a fight for freedom,” he said.

Current polls show Johnson is leading the race with less than a week until the election. He acknowledged polls can be misleading during his speech. He said his campaign has numbers showing the race is virtually tied. 

The race has a national following since the result will impact who has control of the U.S. Senate.

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Everett Fuchs

Our democracy is on the ballot. By his attempt to overturn the 2020 Presidential election as part of the planned coup by the twice impeached and disgraced former president Ron Johnson clearly showed he has no respect for our democracy, our constitution, the rule of law, and Wisconsin voters. By his words and actions he shows he has no respect for a free press and for free and fair elections where everyone has an opportunity to cast a ballot and a right to have it counted. He amplifies Putin’s talking points and supports rule by the rich for the rich but paid for by the rest of us. He glorifies fascism and seeks political power with no regard for his constituents. He does not deserve our vote nor do Tiffany, Zimmerman, Van Orden, and Estenson who stood beside him.

They will all attack your social security, your Medicare, your school funding, your air and water, your fish and wildlife resources, your right to vote, and your right to have your vote counted to name a few things. Someone who has good ideas and feasible plans would not have to run a campaign based on negative ads, lies, and blaming their opponents for everything from A to Z while they themselves have done nothing to solve any problems while having political power. It is time to clean house. As an independent voter and someone who has pledged to uphold the constitution on two occasions I must vote for democracy for myself, my children, and my grandchildren. Only under a democracy can we have a vibrant country with a vibrant economy. If you want to know where rule by the rich for the rich leads, you just have to look at Russia.

Roger Miller

Johnson has been called the Worst Senator in the USA for good reason.

He’s an election denier who recklessly promoted lies about the 2020 presidential race long after it was clear Donald Trump lost.

He’s hates science, and suggested, without evidence, that the COVID-19 vaccines could make the pandemic worse and who repeatedly touted unproven remedies for the disease — from Ivermectin to mouthwash.

He's claimed the violent attackers in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, claiming the attackers were "people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law."

He suggested the government should rewrite the rules for the two government programs seniors rely on most — Medicare and Social Security — making them subject to annual political fights in Congress rather than mandatory payments as promised.

You have probably seen the vicious, distorted videos attacking Mandela Barnes, paid for the billionaires who made so many millions on Ron Johnson’s tax cuts – from which he benefitted as well.

Ron Johnson does only two things well: (1) Lie and (2) profit from those lies.

Ron Johnson is dangerous for you, your family, and for Wisconsin. Vote for Mandela Barnes. You will help save Democracy.

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