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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

 9:07 AM 

Reform America Fund launches new TV ad hitting Feingold on Iran deal

The super PAC Reform America Fund launched a new TV ad today hitting Dem Senate candidate Russ Feingold on the Iran nuclear deal.

The group declined to say how much it was putting behind the new ad, which it said will run statewide along with a similar radio spot. 

The TV ad opens with children counting down from 10 in different languages. After the last one says, “One,” a nuclear explosion is shown.

“A nuclear Iran is a threat to the world,” the screen reads as the mushroom cloud develops.

The text then reads “Russ Feingold supports the Iran nuclear deal” with “#votenoruss” across the bottom. The text in the spot goes on to say billions could fund terrorism while showing people in black uniforms and masks standing behind men in orange jumpsuits kneeling.

“And put our enemy on a path toward nuclear weapons,” the screen then reads.

The spot then goes back to the image of the mushroom cloud as the spot closes with the text, “Russ Feingold 30 years of being radical. Russ Feingold 30 years of being wrong.”

-- By JR Ross

 8:42 AM 

Judge OKs public awareness campaign for voter ID petition process

A federal judge has signed off on a public awareness campaign aimed at reaching people who struggle to meet the state's voter ID requirement.

U.S. Judge James Peterson approved the measures that the state and the groups suing it had agreed on. That includes the distribution of one-page palm cards explaining the ID petition process and a meeting between the Elections Commission and several groups to discuss further outreach.

Peterson also approved secret check-ups at DMVs to make sure its employees fully understand the process, as well as additional training for DMV employees, though he moved up the timeline for the second course.

The plaintiffs, which include the liberal One Wisconsin Institute, had called for several other changes that the state deemed "either infeasible or inappropriate."

Peterson wrote he'll take the plaintiffs' proposals "under advisement" and will issue a follow-up order on their proposals "in a few days."

The plaintiffs' requests included establishing mobile DMVs, running radio and TV ads on the ID petition process, putting up billboards and sending mailings to people who are registered to vote but don't appear to have an ID.

Both sides outlined their points of agreement and disagreement in a court filing on Friday.

See the court filing:

Sunday, October 23, 2016

 9:07 PM 

Feingold finished September with $4.8 million in bank, less than Johnson's $5.4 million

Dem Russ Feingold finished September with $4.8 million in the bank, less than the $5.4 million that U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s campaign says he had in his war chest.

Feingold announced in early October he raised $5.2 million between July 1 and Sept. 30, but did not release how much cash he had at the end of the period. His latest report was posted to the FEC site over the weekend, showing he raised almost $5.2 million between July 1 and Sept. 30 and spent almost $7.6 million over the three months.

Johnson’s report covering third quarter activity had yet to be posted to the FEC site as of Sunday night. 

Feingold’s campaign says he raised another $1.6 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 19. Those reports, covering the pre-election period, are due Thursday.

Johnson’s campaign has not yet released his fundraising total for the pre-election period.

-- By JR Ross

Friday, October 21, 2016

 12:39 PM 

Feingold fires back at Johnson on Social Security in new TV ad

Russ Feingold’s latest TV ad hits back at U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson over Social Security, accusing the Oshkosh Republican of wanting to privatize the program and raise the retirement age.

Johnson earlier this week started a TV ad hitting Feingold for voting to raise taxes on Social Security income.

The Feingold spot opens with the narrator saying, “Keep them working. That’s Sen. Ron Johnson’s plan for seniors.”

The narrator goes on to say Johnson supports privatizing the program and wants to raise the retirement age to 70. The narrator adds Johnson “also has a plan for Medicare,” supporting turning it into a voucher program and adding means testing “so seniors pay more out of pocket or are left without coverage altogether.

“But Wisconsin seniors know that in Washington, Ron Johnson isn’t working for them,” the narrator says to close the spot.

The Feingold campaign said the aid will air statewide. It also released an accompanying 60-second radio ad.

-- By JR Ross

 11:12 AM 

Nelson ad targets Gallagher over Trump

A new ad from Democrat Tom Nelson targets his 8th CD Republican opponent Mike Gallagher over his support for GOP nominee Donald Trump.

The 30-second spot, "Real," features Nelson highlighting differences between him and Gallagher on taxes, the minimum wage and Social Security.

Nelson then ties Gallagher to Trump.

"And one more thing. Mike Gallagher supports Donald Trump," Nelson says. "I approve this message because Donald Trump is dangerous, and we can't let him become President."

 8:31 AM 

Appeal asks court to suspend voter ID until state 'gets its act together'

Those looking to overturn Wisconsin's voter ID law argue in a new filing the state shouldn't be able to implement the law until it "gets its act together."

One Wisconsin Institute and other plaintiffs wrote in a filing to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that the state has had "three strikes" to implement Act 23 -- two emergency rules it's issued and its response to a federal court order last week.

Those two emergency rules, the plaintiffs wrote, didn't "repair grievous flaws in its voter ID regime," and the court order last week likely isn't enough, either.

"It is ludicrous to keep conducting Wisconsin elections under 'emergency' conditions over and over again," they wrote. "There was no emergency. Act 23 is the emergency."

The filing is much broader than voter ID, focusing on several other election law changes Republicans have passed since 2011.

In a ruling this summer, U.S. Judge James Peterson struck several of those changes down, including limits to in-person absentee voting and increasing residency requirements. But Peterson kept in place the voter ID law and decided to do so again last week but with changes ordered on how the law is implemented and communicated.

One Wisconsin is asking the appeals court to uphold the portions of Peterson's ruling striking those changes down, but to reverse his ruling on parts Peterson disagreed with them on, including voter ID.

See the brief:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

 4:31 PM 

Feingold raised $1.6 million in 19 days

Dem Russ Feingold’s U.S. Senate campaign says he raised $1.6 million over the 19-day pre-election reporting period.

Feingold’s campaign said the average contribution for the period was $40.12 and he now has more than 115,000 Wisconsin contributions since the campaign launched.

The pre-general finance reports cover activity between Oct. 1 and Oct. 19. The filing deadline is Oct. 27.

The complete reports for Feingold and Johnson covering the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, have yet to be posted to the FEC’s site. 

Johnson’s campaign said he raised $4 million during that period and finished September with $5.2 million in the bank. 

Feingold’s campaign said he raised $5.2 million for the period, but it has not yet said how much he had for cash on hand.

-- By JR Ross

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 4:50 PM 

Two polls show Clinton, Feingold leading by at least six points

A pair of polls out today have Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold up in their races.

Monmouth University found Russ Feingold has an 8-point lead in the U.S. Senate rate, though that's narrowed from two months ago. 

The poll also found Clinton with a 7-point edge over GOP nominee Donald Trump, up slightly from a 5-point lead during Monmouth's last Wisconsin poll in August. 

The poll found 47 percent of likely voters back Clinton, while 40 percent support Trump, 6 percent favor Libertarian Gary Johnson, 1 percent back Green Party nominee Jill Stein and 2 percent said they support another candidate. In August, Clinton's edge over Trump was 43-38 in the four-way contest. 

In the Senate race, the poll found Feingold has a 52-44 lead over Johnson, with 2 percent backing Libertarian Phil Anderson. Feingold's advantage was cut down from a 54-to-41 lead in August. 

The poll of 403 likely voters was conducted Sunday through Tuesday by live landline and cell phone calls. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.9 percent. 

Meanwhile, a poll conducted by the Dem firm Public Policy Polling on behalf of End Citizens United found a bigger gap in the presidential race and a smaller one in the Senate campaign. 

That poll found 50 percent of likely voters backed Clinton, while 38 supported Trump in a head-to-head contest. It did not ask about third-party candidates. 

It also found Feingold up on Johnson 47-41. 

The poll of 804 likely voters was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Eighty percent of respondents were reached over the phone, while 20 percent were contacted online. 

See the End Citizens United release: 

See the End Citizens United polling memo: 

 1:29 PM 

Gallagher ad targets Nelson over public safety

A new ad from 8th CD GOP candidate Mike Gallagher targets his Dem opponent Tom Nelson over public safety.

The ad features two seniors discussing concerns about safety, before cutting to Kewaunee Sheriff Matt Joski, who says law enforcement looks for an ally and "sense of support."

The ad then hits Nelson over his support while he served in the Assembly for an early prisoner release program, which was targeted to non-violent offenders.

The ad shows a black-and-white picture of Nelson followed by images of security camera footage, a crime scene and a Department of Corrections memo.

The narrator says Nelson voted for the early release program.

"Felons convicted of battery, burglary, even homicide," the narrator says while the text "reckless homicide" appears on the screen. "One was released despite warnings of the great danger he posed."

The ad ends with an image of Nelson while the narrator says, "Tom Nelson, too much risk."

 12:28 PM 

Johnson's latest TV ad hits Feingold on Social Security

Ron Johnson released a new TV ad today accusing Dem rival Russ Feingold of saying one thing but doing another when it comes to Social Security.

It’s Johnson’s fifth new TV ad in the last eight days.

The spot features five people talking about Social Security and Feingold. Three of them were featured in a spot Johnson released last week hitting the Middleton Dem on the Affordable Care Act.

A woman sitting next to a man opens the ad saying Social Security is half of their income and a “very important part of our life.”

The narrator then says Feingold claims to be for seniors, “but he voted to increase taxes on Social Security benefits.”

“That’s surprising because Feingold tells everybody he’s helping seniors,” one man says before another says that’s “the message he’s selling, but that’s not what he’s delivering.”

“He’s taking money away from me,” another man adds.

The narrator then says Feingold “says one thing. His record says something else.”

“Doesn’t surprise me at all. That’s Russ,” one man says to close the spot.

-- By JR Ross

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 10:05 PM 

Feingold, Johnson clash on minimum wage, campaign finance in second debate

MILWAUKEE -- Dem Russ Feingold on Tuesday knocked U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson for taking a $700,000 salary from his former plastics company, but voting against efforts to raise the minimum wage.

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, fired back that Feingold seems to have a problem with growing a successful business and said the Middleton Dem’s support of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would eliminate 6 million to 7 million jobs.

“That’s a nice little euphemism for a family not having a job to provide for his family,” Johnson said. He also said during the debate he would be open to looking at indexing for inflation future increases in the minimum wage.

Feingold said it was hard to believe a senator representing Wisconsin would have a record of voting against the minimum wage, saying people he has talked to across the state have called for an increase.

“You have voted consistently against raising it at all,” Feingold said. “That’s the record. That’s the fact. That’s what the people of Wisconsin need to know.”

The two clashed on college affordability, foreign policy and the confirmation of justices to the U.S. Supreme Court in their 90-minute debate at the Marquette University Law School that was hosted by Mike Gousha and organized by WISN-TV.

On the Supreme Court: Feingold charged Johnson is failing to meet his constitutional obligation by refusing to have a hearing and vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick.

But Johnson fired back, saying Republicans in the Senate have done their duty by advising Obama not to send them a nomination and withholding their consent. 

Feingold said Republicans have broken the "all-time record" for the length of time a nominee went without a hearing. He also accused Johnson of playing politics with the nomination process, saying his GOP rival has said the situation might be different had Mitt Romney won the 2012 election. 

"What he's pretending is it's somehow about the next election. But the Constitution doesn't create a three-year term for the president, it's a four-year term," Feingold said. 

Johnson said the court is functioning properly and that if justices deadlock 4-4 on a decision it shows partisanship on the court. When the court can’t muster a majority, the appeals court decision stands, Johnson said, dismissing the suggestion the court is facing a constitutional crisis.

Johnson said he would have voted against Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, "because I know he is hostile to Second Amendment rights."

Feingold warned that future justices could also be upheld.

"What's going to happen is Democrats will do it, too," Feingold said. "And you'll destroy the Supreme Court."

Johnson called the notion "absurd" and refuted Feingold's charge that he would block Hillary Clinton's nominees if she wins the election. 

"It's a totally different situation at that point in time," Johnson said. "The American people have spoken."

Johnson said judges the next president would nominate will impact First and Second amendment rights, which he said are "under assault."

He said while Feingold was in the Senate he voted for justices who voted against upholding an individual right to keep and bear arms. He said liberals "can't wait" to overturn that decision. 

Johnson said he won't vote for "superlegislators," while Feingold will "be voting for them all of the time."

Feingold shot back, saying he voted against one of President George W. Bush's nominations, but supported Bush nominee Chief Justice John Roberts.

Roberts voted to uphold the Second Amendment as an individual right, a position Feingold said he supported. 

On campaign donations: Johnson knocked his Dem rival for the creation of a political action committee after Feingold left office. Johnson called Progressives United “a little money making machine” that largely benefited his Dem rival while donating little to other candidates.

Johnson also accused Feingold of breaking a 1992 pledge to raise most of his money from Wisconsin donors, saying the majority of the support for his current campaign has come from outside the state.

Feingold defended the group, accusing Johnson of saying things he “knows not to be true.”

He said while Progressives United gave money to other candidates, its main purpose was to encourage backers to send donations directly to candidates. It also rallied supporters on issues like Social Security and net neutrality.

Feingold said Johnson hasn’t “lifted a finger to change the campaign finance system because he loves the way it is.” Feingold said he has more support from Wisconsinites than Johnson with 50,000 contributors making more than 110,000 contributions. Feingold said Johnson has touted 80,000 contributions from Wisconsin donors. Meanwhile, Feingold said outside groups have spent between $11 million and $12 million attacking him and supporting Johnson.

“The people of this state deserve to know where all this money supporting Sen. Johnson is coming from,” Feingold said. “It wouldn’t be pretty.”

Johnson also took aim at the campaign finance law dubbed McCain-Feingold, which he said was a “high-profile spectacular failure.” He charged Feingold used Progressives United to create a donor list he then used to raise money from outside Wisconsin.

"I think he’s got a lot of plans, but they simple don’t work,” Johnson said.

On the presidential nominees: As in their first debate on Friday, the two again clashed on their respective presidential nominees. 

Since that meeting, the GOP nominee has ramped up his claims the election is rigged against him, and Johnson was asked about those comments. He said there are legitimate questions about voter fraud. 

“I think with the bias of the media, the deck is certainly stacked against him,” Johnson said, accusing the media of largely ignoring Clinton’s problems to focus on Trump’s. “But I don’t think the election is rigged.”

Feingold called Johnson an “excellent businessman,” but said there was no way he would have hired Trump to run his former plastics company because the GOP nominee is irresponsible and a “person you can’t deal with.”

While again saying Clinton has been trustworthy in his past dealings with her while in the Senate and working for the State Department, Feingold said he also has disagreed with Clinton on a number of issues. That includes the decision to invade Iraq and at times on campaign finance reform.

Feingold also said Clinton has regrets on how she handled some things such as her use of private email while secretary of State.

“She’s not perfect,” Feingold said. “But she’s so much better than Donald Trump, who frankly I think would destabilize the world.”

Johnson questioned how Feingold could support Clinton considering her past controversies, such as the Americans killed in the Benghazi attack. He also said those looking to maintain the status quo should support his Dem rival and Clinton.

“I think the American people are looking for change,” Johnson said. “Our nominee is a change agent. I’m a change agent.”

On student loan debt: Johnson called Feingold “exhibit A” on why college is so expensive, saying he was paid almost $8,000 per lecture at Stanford University. He said the federal government poured money into colleges, and that had the unintended consequence of making secondary education less affordable as a spending boom ensued.

He called for using technology to move away from a “19th century model,” utilizing things like online classes and a certification approach to education rather than one based on obtaining a degree.

Feingold seized on that to bring up past Johnson comments that he said show the GOP incumbent wants to do away with professors and have students learn about the Civil War through Ken Burns’ documentary.

Johnson shot back there wasn’t enough time to “refute all the falsehoods” Feingold was offering up.

Feingold, meanwhile, said Johnson was purposely refusing to acknowledge the Middleton Dem also taught at Marquette and accused his GOP rival of demeaning the work professors did. He also said Johnson was playing a game by distorting how he was paid.

“That’s what I was doing, teaching,” Feingold said. “Sen. Johnson demeans higher education. He demeans the professors. He’s pretending what they do isn’t real work, and I think he should be ashamed.”

On opioid abuse: Feingold said Johnson voted against a bipartisan amendment that would have provided $622 million toward fighting addiction to opioids.

"He voted it down and said 'we can't just throw money at the problem,'" Feingold said.

Johnson said funding was provided in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which he supported.

"This is actually one of the more disgusting, false attacks that Senator Feingold has lodged against me in his negative campaign," Johnson said, noting his nephew died of Fentanyl abuse in January.

He said his committee has held multiple hearings and round tables on the subject.

"I've been active; I understand what an enormous challenge this is," Johnson said.

Watch the debate:

-- By David Wise

Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details from the debate.

Photo by Mike Gryniewicz, Marquette Law School 

 11:00 AM 

Johnson's daughters call him right person to clean up Washington in latest TV ad

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson today released his fourth new TV ad in the past seven days, this one featuring his wife and daughters, who call him the right person to “clean up the mess in Washington.”

The three women are in a kitchen with his wife Jane holding one of her grandchildren. She tells her daughters she didn’t want Johnson to run for a second term. The daughters then lament politics as “pretty disgusting” and “vicious” with “all the false attacks.”

Jenna calls into another room asking Johnson if he needs help. The spot then shows him changing his grandson’s diaper. He says, “No, I’ve got this covered” as what appears to be a fake stream of urine pops up.

The daughters note now that they have kids, they’re even more concerned about the future.

“Just like dad helps out with the kids,” Jenna says before Carey adds, “He’s exactly the guy we need to clean up the mess in Washington.”

Johnson then tosses the dirty diaper across the kitchen island and into the garbage can before he delivers the required disclaimer that he approves the message.

“Nice shot,” Carey tells him.

“It was pretty good,” Johnson says.

-- By JR Ross

 9:10 AM 

NRCC ad hits Nelson over pay raise, dubs him "Tax Man Tom Nelson"

The National Republican Congressional Committee is out with a new ad targeting 8th CD Democrat Tom Nelson over accepting a pay raise while in office and dubbing him "Tax Man Tom Nelson."

This is the final ad the NRCC booked in the district. The group pulled its buys that had been planned for the weeks of Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.

The ad shows an image of Nelson wearing a green cape above a wall of cash while the narrator says, "Life is good for Tax Man Tom Nelson."

The narrator says Nelson raised taxes and took "taxpayer funded pay raises for himself, even during the financial crisis" while related text appears on the screen.

The ad cuts to an image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi standing beside an armored truck with "Wisconsin taxpayers" written on the side as money flows from the truck into a wheelbarrow Nelson is holding. The text "higher taxes on us" then appears on the screen.

The narrator says Nelson "put his interests ahead of ours.

"That’s why Nancy Pelosi is spending big for Taxman Tom, because she knows he’ll support her tax and spend agenda."

The ad shows Nelson in front of Washington, D.C., landmarks still wearing the green cape and holding the wheelbarrow full of cash, while the narrator says, "We can’t afford Tom Nelson in Washington."

The narrator then says "whenever Taxman Tom Nelson comes around, Wisconsin pays the price" while the image shifts to Nelson in front of Lambeau Field, cash raining down as he flies away.

-- By David Wise

 6:00 AM 

Feingold hits back at Johnson on healthcare in new TV ad

Russ Feingold is firing back at U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson over health care after a pair of TV ads his GOP rival started last week knocking the Middleton Dem on Obamacare.

The narrator opens the spot saying Feingold will work with both parties to “lower premiums and cut health care taxes.”

Feingold then says, “I want to do the hard work of improving the system so it works for middle-class families.”

The narrator then says in Washington, Johnson “sides with big insurance, voting to make Medicare a voucher program, forcing seniors to pay more for prescription drugs and letting insurance companies deny coverage to cancer patients.”

The narrator then closes the spot, “Senator Johnson hurting Wisconsin families.”

-- By JR Ross

 5:00 AM 

Ryan's first TV ad of general election promises to get country working, clean up tax code

In his first general election TV ad, Speaker Paul Ryan promises to implement reforms that will show the country what it takes to get working again, “clean up” the tax code and replace Obamacare.

The TV ad shows Ryan addressing a group, meeting people and walking in a parade, among other things.

Ryan’s remarks carry through the spot as it switches to various scenes. He says 70 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, America should be an energy producer and the government is “hyper regulating businesses.”

After pledging to replace Obamacare, Ryan says the welfare system should be one that “gets people from welfare to work.”

“We’re also worried about our national security, making sure that our military has what they need, and that’s precisely what we’re going to be doing in the House,” Ryan says to close the ad.

-- By JR Ross

Monday, October 17, 2016

 9:45 PM 

Trailing in the polls, Trump proclaims he will win Wisconsin during Green Bay rally

GREEN BAY -- Though trailing in the latest polls, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump expressed confidence Monday night at a rally here he will win both the Badger State and the White House next month.

“We are going to win the state of Wisconsin,” he told supporters at the KI Center in downtown Green Bay. “We’re doing great in the polls. Together, we’re going to deliver real change that puts America first.”

The latest Marquette University Law School Poll had Trump trailing Dem nominee Hillary Clinton by 7 points in a four-way match up.

But the GOP nominee dismissed the surveys, which he said aren’t accurately capturing his support.

“There’s a big undercurrent out there that they can’t poll,” Trump told the crowd, which the Green Bay Fire Department estimated at 2,500 people. “There’s a big undercurrent of support for me. Everyone is calling me and telling me we’re going to win Wisconsin. Traditionally Republicans skip Wisconsin, but I know I am going to win.”

Trump’s return to Wisconsin was his first since House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled an invitation for him to appear at an Oct. 8 rally in Walworth County. That was to be the first time Trump appeared on stage with Ryan, R-Janesville, Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh. But Ryan disinvited the GOP nominee following the release of a 2005 videotape that showed him making vulgar comments about women.

Ryan, Walker and Johnson all missed Monday’s rally, as did Mike Gallagher, the Republican nominee for the 8th Congressional District. Ryan told House GOP colleagues last week he would not campaign with Trump for the remainder of the race, while the other Republicans cited previous commitments for missing the rally.

Trump mentioned neither Johnson nor Ryan. Trump has taken some recent Twitter shots at Ryan, including one that said, "Paul Ryan, a man who doesn't know how to win (including failed run four years ago), must start focusing on the budget, military, vets etc."

At one point during Monday’s stop, the crowd began to chant “Paul Ryan sucks” while state GOP Chair Brad Courtney tried to address Trump backers.

Courtney issued a statement following the rally saying the party is “incredibly proud and fully supportive of Ryan and the work he does for the conservative movement here in Wisconsin and across this great nation.”

In addition to Courtney, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke spoke before Trump arrived on stage, with Clarke repeating a comment he made on social media that it’s time for “pitchforks and torches in America.”

Once Trump took the stage, he read from a teleprompter for much of his 50-minute speech, hitting topics that ranged from his pledge to create more jobs and building the nation's military might to blasting current U.S. trade policies and promising to build a wall along the country’s border with Mexico.

Trump also unveiled a new five-point proposal that would bar executive branch employees, members of Congress and Congressional staffers from lobbying the government for five years after leaving their positions. Trump said the move would “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington.

“Donors are giving hundreds of millions of dollars to Clinton. I’m spending my own money and controlling myself. I’m working for you,” he said. “On Nov. 8, we will once again have a government by and for the people. You will see great things starting to happen.”

At multiple times in his speech, Trump hammered Clinton’s ethics, stating she is the “most corrupt person to ever run for presidency of the United States.” After that line, the audience broke into the “lock her up” chant popular at Trump’s rallies.

Trump mentioned the documents made public earlier in the day between the State Department and FBI showing disagreements over whether some of Clinton’s emails should be considered classified. The FBI and State Department denied any deal was offered, but Trump called it a “criminal conspiracy.”

“This is worse than Watergate and what does she get out of it? She gets to run for president of the United States, but we’re going to put an end to that on Nov. 8,” Trump said.

The Republican candidate focused on various emails from members of Clinton’s campaign staff that have appeared on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. He said the media were purposely not reporting that story although multiple national news organizations have run stories about the documents.

“We’re competing in a rigged election. The media is trying to rig the election, giving credence to false stories,” said Trump in a reference to the release earlier this month of the 2005 videotape and allegations from several women who claim the billionaire businessman made unwanted advances. “They are taking statements from 20 or 30 years ago and putting up big headlines. These events never happened. Most people believe me and we’re going to see a big backlash.”

Trump also said the media is an extension of the Clinton campaign, inspiring the crowd to turn to the media area and yell “Tell the truth.”

“Yes, tell the truth,” Trump said.

If elected president, Trump pledged he would fight for all Americans, uniting everyone under “one country, one God, one flag. Once again, we will have a government by and for the people. You will see great things starting to happen.”

-- By MaryBeth Matzek

Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details from the rally.

 7:30 AM 

Reform America Fund announces seven-figure campaign hitting Feingold on stimulus vote

Reform America Fund today announced what it says is a seven-figure ad campaign accusing Dem Russ Feingold of sending millions to foreign companies.

The spot references Feingold’s vote for the federal stimulus bill and the claim some foreign companies received money from the package, including through their U.S.-based subsidiaries. Reform American Fund said the spot will air on statewide TV, radio and digital.

The spot opens with the narrator offering a “quick geography lesson for Sen. Russ Feingold,” showing Wisconsin, “where he promised to create jobs,” and China, “home to some of the foreign companies Feingold sent millions to.”

The narrator goes on to say Feingold said he’d create jobs in Wisconsin, “But sent money here,” showing China. The narrator then says Wisconsin lost 70,000 jobs.

“Where in the world does Feingold come up with this stuff?” the narrator asks to close the spot. “Thirty years of being radical. Thirty years of being wrong.”

-- By JR Ross

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